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Angela Merkel, YouTube Star

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, November 28 2011

Three YouTube videos of German Chancellor Angela Merkel answering user-submitted questions on the site for the first time have so far collectively been watched over 95,000 times, according to a press release from the German government.

German citizens had had three weeks to submit questions, which users could then vote on. Altogether 1,790 questions were submitted, and Merkel answered the 10 most popular ones.

Questions concerned the appropriateness of wages of German members of parliament, the future of the welfare system and demands for the legalization of cannabis/marijuana.

The videos of Chancellor Merkel answering the questions were posted from Nov 18. to Nov 23. The videos are a part of the German government's new YouTube channel, which started a month ago.