Angela Merkel's 15 years at the top
German Chancellor Angela Merkel became the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 15 years ago today. The Local takes a look back at her time as party leader.
April 10th 2000 – Angela Merkel was elected as the first female leader of the CDU. She replaced Wolfgang Schäuble (now her Finance Minister) after he was embroiled in a party funding scandal along with Helmut Kohl.