Photo Gallery: The Changing Faces of Angela Merkel 12/04/2012
    Angela Merkel 2001:  Merkel spent her first year at the helm of the CDU...
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Angela Merkel 2001: Merkel spent her first year at the helm of the CDU consolidating the party after the turmoil of the funding scandal. Many in the Catholic, male-dominated party find it hard to accept the Protestant easterner as their leader. But Merkel makes clear that she sees her self as a long-term leader -- not a transitional one. This photo shows her holding a speech at the Hamburg stock exchange.