Angela Dorothea Merkel, German: [aŋˈɡeːla doʁoˈteːa ˈmɛʁkl̩] ( listen); née Kasner (born 17 July 1954) is the Ch
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks to Environment Minister Peter Altmaier before a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, in this November 28, 2012 file picture. German Chancellor Angela Merkel appointed Altmaier for his charm and political skill as marshal of her vision of a 'green revolution' in Europe's biggest power market. A year on, Altmaier finds himself spurned by many environmentalists, disdained by industry and viewed cooly by a public wary of the costs. Now, the chancellor herself seems to be turning her back on him, an increasingly isolated figure, as September 2013 polls near. Altmaier, who had impressed Merkel in quashing turmoil in her conservative party over euro zone bailouts, has become a lightning rod for dissatisfaction over the costs of an energy policy long central to her domestic agenda. To match story GERMANY-ENERGY/ELECTION.
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