Angela Merkel has been serving as chancellor of Germany since 2005. She is the first female head of the country. Merkel is the leader of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union.) She is also considered to have a role as EU anchor.
Berlin and its allies have "tremendous" unity on Syria, but Germany would not join strikes on the country over the alleged chemical incident in Douma, Angela Merkel said. Germany expects to be "consulted" before any attack.
Police have averted a possible assault on Angela Merkel shortly after she left the parliament, where MPs earlier voted to reelected her as the German Chancellor. A man tried to force her way to her but was quickly apprehended.