Angela Merkel

Merkel vows to 'tangibly reduce' refugee numbers

By allowing a million refugees into Germany in 2015, Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear the state will fulfil its ‘humanitarian duty’, but voices of disquiet have grown within her own party. Tony Paterson reports from Karlsruhe

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Angela Merkel's journey from Communist East Germany to Chancellor

​The German leader, who marks 10 years in office this weekend, is hailed by some as the most powerful statesperson in the world today, says our acclaimed Berlin Correspondent Tony Paterson. But how did this reserved pastor's daughter come to command the political stage? What will be her legacy in Germany and Europe? And can she survive the twin crises – an influx of refugees and a crumbling Eurozone – which threaten to tarnish her memory?