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British prime minister Neville Chamberlain (left), German chancellor Adolf Hitler (center), and French premier Edouard Daladier (right) meet in Munich to determine the fate of Czechoslovakia. Germany, September 30, 1938.Was this country even theirs to give away to Germany? It backfired then as surely as attempts to mollify Iran and Palestinians are not going to bring favor to France or even the US as it gambles the fate of other countries.

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"I never underestimated myself, and I never saw anything wrong with ambition." -Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, and #4 on Forbes's list of most powerful people in the world.

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Will McBride President John F. Kennedy, then Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer are pictured leaving the Brandenburg Gate in the president's open limousine on June 26, 1963. East German officials had installed drapes to block East Germans from catching a glimpse of the American president.

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The 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century

Germans chose Angela Merkel as their first female Chancellor because they knew they could rely on her steady hand

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First Lady Jackie Kennedy poses with Mrs. Lisbeth Werhahn, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer’s daughter, at the welcome ceremony for the Germany Chancellor at the White House on November 14, 1962.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama at the Chancellery on July 24, 2008 in Berlin.

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Otto von Bismark, German chancellor (1862-1890). -- Kaiser whom through several wars, successfully unified Germany under a centralized state.

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Germany became a modern, unified nation under the leadership of the “Iron Chancellor” Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), who between 1862 and 1890 effectively ruled first Prussia and then all of Germany. A master strategist, Bismarck initiated decisive wars with Denmark, Austria and France to unite 39 independent German states under Prussian leadership. Although an arch-conservative, Bismarck introduced progressive reforms—including universal male suffrage and the establishment of the first…

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