It may just be network fantasy in the United States, but Germany now has its first female chancellor. Described as "a little bit Margaret Thatcher and a little bit Tony Blair," she tends to be liberal on social issues and conservative when it comes to the economy.
Her politics aside, this new world leader with a doctorate in Chemistry -- hello, Larry Sumner -- is seen as a role model for German women:
She has played down the gender issue and brushed off media gibes about her plain appearance. Some CDU members see her as something of a role model. Katerina Reiche once said Mrs Merkel stood for family values, but not as the party has known it before.
"In former times, being married was important - now we talk of families being important, but not necessarily the marriage as an institution." [LINK]