1. Reporter: “Before I put my first question, I think I speak on behalf of all my colleagues here in Brussels, I would like to congratulate you warmly on your birthday.”
Merkel: puzzled expression.
Awkwardness rating: 4/10.
2. “We wish you all the best, good health and everything, for the future.”
Merkel: Weak, confused smile.
Awkwardness rating: 6/10
3. “And if you are brave enough to listen to a birthday song, I want to sing now.”
Merkel: A definite “What the hell is he doing” face.
Awkwardness rating” 9/10.
4. “HAPPY HIRTHDAY LIEBES BUNDESCOUNCILLOR, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.”
Merkel: Smiling politely, but silently screaming “MAKE IT STOP”.
Awkwardness rating: 10/10.