Sept. 19 - Madame Tussauds in Berlin unveils a new wax figure of Angela Merkel, denying any connection to the upcoming federal election when the German chancellor hopes to be reelected. Elly Park reports.
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Madame Tussauds in Berlin unveiled its latest addition to its collection of wax figures - a new version German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The new figure stands firm next to an earlier version from 2005, when Merkel was first elected Chancellor.
One of the most noticeable differences -- her trademark hand gesture, now internationally known as the Merkel Diamond.
But that's not all says Nina-Kristin Zerbe of the museum.
SOUNDBITE: Madame Tussauds Berlin Spokeswoman, Nina-Kristin Zerbe, saying (German)
"Yes, of course she has the diamond shape hand position symbolizing power. Also, she has a beautiful hairdo and in my view (gestures), she has much nicer, more positive charisma."
The unveiling came three days before Germany's national elections, where Merkel is a clear favorite.
But the timing was pure coincidence, according to the museum, as work on the new statue began in London eight months ago.
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