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.
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.