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Germany's Angela Merkel to mark 60th birthday in a low-key way as popularity soars

Published on Jul 16, 2014 10:57 PM
A wax likeness of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pictured in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on July 16, 2014, on the occassion of Merkel's 60th birthday on July 17. Dr Angela Merkel, it seems, has had her fill of parties for now. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (Reuters) - Dr Angela Merkel, it seems, has had her fill of parties for now. Just four days after joining Germany's jubilant soccer players in their dressing room to revel in their World Cup triumph, the chancellor is making sure she doesn't get carried away on her 60th birthday on Thursday.

It is hard to imagine a more low-key celebration for Dr Merkel, named by Forbes magazine as the world's most powerful woman but still known as "Mutti", or Mummy, in her homeland where her no-nonsense attitude merely enhances her soaring popularity.

She will mark the birthday, which has set off a new debate about how long Germany's first female government leader will stay in office, at a rather serious event at her conservative party's headquarters in Berlin.

After a speech about "the time horizons of history" by the historian Juergen Osterhammel - Dr Merkel's personal choice - up to 1,000 guests will attend a reception with beer, wine and northern German fare including fish. Nothing too fancy, said one official.

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