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Merkel powers on, but not as a feminist

The German chancellor seems to be coasting to re-election as the most powerful woman in the world but has spent her political career playing down her gender

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Mrs Merkel has cultivated a resolutely boring public persona, easing her ascent to lead a nation that long held conservative attitudes towards women.

Torgau, Germany

ANGELA Merkel has spent her political career playing down her gender: shunning a feminist label, offering modesty, caution and diligent preparation as an implicit contrast to male swagger. The German chancellor seems to be coasting to re-

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