President Obama visited Merkel at the postmodern Chancellery building in Berlin in June.
There are few better ways to gauge Germany's unique place in history, past and present, than to take a spin in one of its latest engineering marvels up a street named for the founding father of Communism, where Soviet tanks shot dead dozens of unarmed protesters in 1953. Sixty years later, both Germany's era of Nazi dictatorship and the Cold War that followed are fading from consciousness. Berlin is now the pulsating heart of Germany and home to the single most critical person in resolving Europe's economic crisis: German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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