Ich bin three Berliners: Konrad Adenauer (r.) taking a tour of West Berlin with mayor Willy Brandt and US President John F. Kennedy (l.) in 1963.
Chancellor Cowboy: Ludwig Erhard (r.) thoroughly enjoying a moment of German-American friendship with US President Lyndon B. Johnson in Houston, Texas.
Remember those days when US presidents were the life and soul of G7 summits? Chancellor Helmut Kohl receiving Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Bonn.
Those days when US presidents asked for walls to be torn down rather than built up: Just three years after Ronald Reagan's historic address, Germany was about to be reunified, thanks to Helmut Kohl's smart maneuvers.
Chancellor Helmut Kohl and his sports minister, a young politician called Angela Merkel, whom he called "the girl." By the time Ms. Merkel rose to power, relations with her former mentor became fraught.
Defectors for Germany: Alexander Gauland and Erika Steinbach were CDU politicians for decades, but switched to the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) in protest over Angela Merkel's centrist policies.
Say whaaat? The CDU's clunky Twitter campaign hashtag #FEDIDWGUGL, meaning "For a Germany in which we live well and happily," is so dull it nearly broke the internet when it was launched, six weeks before the 2017 election. But detractors aren't laughing anymore. Angela Merkel looks almost certain to get a fourth term.