Europe So very Merkel: German chancellor celebrates 60th with brainy lecture

A reporter's impromptu serenade is about as controversial as much loved German Chancellor Merkel's birthday is apt to get.

By , Staff writer

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It’s telling that an impromptu birthday serenade to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by a German journalist at a press conference, has made world news. It speaks in part to how powerful the German leader is, not just in Europe but across the world.