As the protégée of Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Merkel was appointed as the Federal Minister for Women and Youth in Kohl's government in 1991, and became the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in 1994.
Indeed, they could well be late 60s vintage.
None of the hairstyles look 1950s to me.
If someone could identify it it might narrow down the geographic location where the photo was taken.
In an interview with Der Spiegel, Hamburg mayor Mr Scholz said Germany should not dictate economic policies to its partners.