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Angela Merkel

Politician
Female
Born Jul 17, 1954
Age 61
Hometown Freie und Hansest...
Net Worth $11.5 Million
Political Party Christlich Demokr...
Religion Lutheranism
Alma Mater Universität Leipzig
Other Names Merkel, Angela Do...

Angela Dorothea Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany and party leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Merkel is the first woman to have become Chancellor of Germany. A physical chemist by professional background, Merkel entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989 and briefly served as the deputy spokesperson for Lothar de Maizière's democratically elected East German government prior to the German reunification.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1954 Birth Merkel was born Angela Dorothea Kasner in 1954 in Hamburg, West Germany, the daughter of Horst Kasner (1926–2011), a native of Berlin, and his wife Herlind, born in 1928 in Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) as Herlind Jentzsch, a teacher of English and Latin. … Read More

TEENAGE

1973 19 Years Old At school, she learned to speak Russian fluently, and was awarded prizes for her proficiency in Russian and Mathematics. Merkel was educated in Templin and at the University of Leipzig, where she studied physics from 1973 to 1978. … Read More

TWENTIES

1977 23 Years Old In 1977, Angela Kasner married physics student Ulrich Merkel and took his surname. The marriage ended in divorce in 1982. Her second and current husband is quantum chemist and professor Joachim Sauer, who has largely remained out of the media spotlight. They first met in 1981, became a couple later and married privately on 30 December 1998. … Read More
1978 24 Years Old Merkel worked and studied at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin-Adlershof from 1978 to 1990. … Read More

THIRTIES

1989 35 Years Old In 1989, Merkel got involved in the growing democracy movement after the fall of the Berlin Wall, joining the new party Democratic Awakening. … Read More
1990 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Following the German reunification in 1990, she was elected to the Bundestag for Stralsund-Nordvorpommern-Rügen in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a seat she has held ever since. … Read More

FORTIES

1994 40 Years Old In 1994, she was promoted to becoming Minister for the Environment and Nuclear Safety, which gave her greater political visibility and a platform from which to build her political career. … Read More
1998 44 Years Old 1 More Event
After the CDU/CSU-FDP coalition was defeated in 1998, she was elected Secretary-General of the CDU before being elected the party's leader in 2000 in the aftermath of the CDU donations scandal, which toppled party chairman Helmut Kohl and his successor Wolfgang Schäuble. … Read More
1999 - 2000 2 More Events
2002 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Following Merkel's election as CDU Leader, she enjoyed considerable popularity among the German population and polls indicated that many Germans would like to see her become Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's main challenger in the 2002 election. … Read More
2003 49 Years Old Merkel advocated a strong transatlantic partnership and German-American friendship. In the spring of 2003, defying strong public opposition, Merkel came out in favour of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, describing it as "unavoidable" and accusing Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of anti-Americanism. … Read More

FIFTIES

On 30 May 2005, Merkel won the CDU/CSU nomination as challenger to Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of the SPD in the 2005 national elections. … Read More
2006 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006 Merkel expressed concern about overreliance on Russian energy, but she received little support from others in Berlin. … Read More
2007 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, Merkel was President of the European Council and chaired the G8, the second woman (after Margaret Thatcher) to do so. … Read More
2008 54 Years Old On 4 October 2008, a Saturday, following the Irish Government's decision to guarantee all deposits in private savings accounts, a move she strongly criticised, Merkel said there were no plans for the German Government to do the same. … Read More
2009 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Her party was re-elected in 2009 with an increased number of seats, and could form a governing coalition with the FDP. … Read More
2011 57 Years Old 1 More Event
The relationship with India on the basis of cooperation and partnership was further strengthened with Merkel's visit to India in 2011. … Read More
2012 58 Years Old However, she scored well on her handling of the recent euro crisis (69% rated her performance as good rather than poor), and her approval rating reached an all-time high of 77% in February 2012 and again in July 2014. The first cabinet of Angela Merkel was sworn in at 16:00 CET, on 22 November 2005. On 31 October 2005, after the defeat of his favoured candidate for the position of Secretary General of the SPD, Franz Müntefering indicated that he would resign as Chairman of the party in November, which he did. … Read More
In 2013, Merkel won one of the most decisive victories in German history, achieving the best result for the CDU/CSU since reunification and coming within five seats of the first absolute majority since 1957. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

In recognition of the importance of China to the German economy, by 2014 Merkel had led seven trade delegations to China since assuming office in 2005. … Read More
Her statement "Islam is part of Germany" during a state visit of the Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in January 2015 induced criticism within her party. … Read More
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