(The Local) Chancellor Angela Merkel has for the first time publicly spoken about her Christian faith, which she has always held to be a personal, private matter, despite being leader of the Christian Democratic Union.
"I am a member of the evangelical church. I believe in God and religion is also my constant companion, and has been for the whole of my life," she said on a videoblog when answering questions from a theology student.
"We as Christians should above all not be afraid of standing up for our beliefs," she added.
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The structure of the world relating to belief was a, "framework for my life that I consider very important," she said.