RedTracker| German chancellor is TIME Europe’s cover story this week. The fact that Merkel only occasionally bakes plum pudding and probably doesn’t know the efficient end of a dust mop hasn’t hurt her popularity with German voters.
A December 2009 poll put 70 pecent of German voters happy with Merke’s work.
TIME’s focus is how Merkel will wield her power as head of Europe’s biggest economy. Read Angela Merkel’s Moment.