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Angela Merkel turns 60: what has her leadership meant to you?

Merkel celebrates her 60th birthday after eight and a half years as German chancellor. Share your thoughts on her time in power

Angela Merkel, who turns 60 on Thursday, thanked a German reporter who sang the traditional birthday song at a news conference in Brussels, and revealed that other leaders had given her flowers.

Her birthday has set off a debate about how long Germany's first female chancellor will stay in her role, which she has held for eight and a half years.

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