Chancellor of Germany  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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The Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, (German: Bundeskanzler der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), also known simply as Chancellor of Germany, is the head of government of Germany. The term, dating from the Early Middle Ages, is derived from the Latin term cancellarius. The modern office of Chancellor evolved from the position created for Otto von Bismarck in the North German Confederation in 1867; this federal state evolved into a German nation-state with the 1871 Unification of Germany. The role of the Chancellor has varied greatly throughout Germany's modern history. Today, the Chancellor is the country's effective leader, although in formal protocol, the Bundespräsident and Bundestagspräsident are ranked higher.

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