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Merkel Emulates Kohl German Unity Turning Euro Crisis Into Votes

Three days before East and West Germany reunited in 1990, Angela Merkel made an acquaintance that was to put her on the path to power.

An East German scientist propelled into politics by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the communist regime’s collapse, Merkel wangled an audience with Helmut Kohl at a party event in Hamburg. Within four months, Kohl had ridden German reunification to a landslide third election victory and Merkel secured a post in his Cabinet.