Ceremony and tributes: Merkel’s political life

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the Bundestag in Berlin to vote in elections on September 24, 2017. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Angela Merkel arrives at the Bundestag in Berlin to vote in elections on September 24, 2017. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s then-chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in the chamber of the parliament on 24 September 2017 to vote in the parliamentary elections. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Angela Merkel on her way to vote in the parliamentary elections, in Bundestag. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Angela Merkel meets with President Erdoğan on 14 January 2018 in the Turkish president’s office. Photograph: Can Dündar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a meeting in the Turkish president’s office. Photograph: Can Dündar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Angela Merkel, pictured in 2004, on the day of her nomination for chancellor, in 2000. Photograph: Mustafa Dogan/AP

Angela Merkel, then a young minister, with members of the Munich Inter-Parliamentary Initiative during the shooting of Franz Veron, a member of the Berlin city council and cameraman for broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, on 17 November 2004. Photograph: Jens Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Angela Merkel, then the parliamentary group leader of the CDU, is welcomed by Margaret Thatcher in 1983, when the German chancellor travelled to London to discuss the issue of Eurozone Structural Funds. Photograph: Tim Piper/AP

Angela Merkel performs her duties as German chancellor in 2006, handing out humanitarian aid in Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Angela Merkel at the G7 Summit in 2005. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP

Angela Merkel is photographed in pictures from different points of her political career. Photograph: Sipa Press/REX/Shutterstock

Angela Merkel is photographed in pictures from different points of her political career. Photograph: Sipa Press/REX/Shutterstock

Angela Merkel leaves a restaurant in Berlin, 2006. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Angela Merkel visits Tower Bridge on a London visit to promote the Digital Agenda in 2012. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

Angela Merkel at a youth training centre in Greater Manchester on a 2012 visit. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Angela Merkel leaves her presidential offices in Frankfurt in 2013. Photograph: Rafal Gerszak/Reuters

Angela Merkel and French president François Hollande at the African Union headquarters in January 2014. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Angela Merkel and the Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte at a meeting in the Dutch government palace in Amsterdam in 2013. Photograph: Henning Bagger/Getty Images

Angela Merkel addresses the German parliament during a speech on her final night as German chancellor in 2015. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European commission, at the EPP congress in Malta, February 2016. Photograph: Manuel Hernandez/AFP/Getty Images

Angela Merkel holds a joint press conference with the British prime minister, Theresa May, after their meeting at 10 Downing Street in September 2016. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA

Angela Merkel is photographed as she addresses the European People’s Party (EPP) in March 2017. Photograph: Vitnija Saldava/AP

Angela Merkel, then the president of the European parliament, on her last day in that role in 2017. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

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