The pride at home at how the 60-year-old handles this punishing schedule—the tireless resolve, the quiet confidence—is apparent (link in German). What’s her secret? In keeping with her down-to-earth profile, an aide cited that it’s simply down to her innate stamina and determination, and that she drinks lots of water.

The coming week brings a somewhat less hectic schedule, with trips to Paris and Rome. In the latter, the chancellor will meet with one of the few world figures who more people now turn to for answers—Pope Francis.

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