Angela Merkel

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Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel June 2017.jpg
Chancellor of Germany
Assumed office
22 November 2005
President Horst Köhler (2005-2010)
Christian Wulff (2010-2012)
Joachim Gauck (2012-2017)
Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2017-present)

Franz Müntefering (2005-2007)
Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2007-2009)
Guido Westerwelle (2009-2011)
Philipp Rösler (2011-2013)

Sigmar Gabriel (2013-present)
Preceded by Gerhard Schröder
Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
In office
17 November 1994 – 26 October 1998
Chancellor Helmut Kohl
Preceded by Klaus Töpfer
Succeeded by Jürgen Trittin
Minister for Women and Youth
In office
18 January 1991 – 17 November 1994
Chancellor Helmut Kohl
Preceded by Ursula Lehr
Succeeded by Claudia Nolte
Member of the Bundestag
Assumed office
2 December 1990
Constituency Stralsund – Nordvorpommern – Rügen
Personal details
Born Angela Dorothea Kasner
(1954-07-17) 17 July 1954 (age 63)
Hamburg, Germany
Political party Christian Democratic Union (1990–present)
Other political
Democratic Awakening (1989–1990)
Spouse(s) Ulrich Merkel (1977–1982)
Joachim Sauer (1998–present)
Alma mater University of Leipzig
Profession Physical chemist
Religion Lutheran[1]

Angela Dorothea Merkel (born Angela Dorothea Kasner on 17 July 1954 in Hamburg) is a German politician, and has been Chancellor of Germany since 22 November 2005.[2]

She was born in Hamburg, and grew up in the German Democratic Republic where she lived until the Reuniting of Germany in 1990. Merkel is now married to Joachim Sauer, a professor of chemistry. She chairs (is in charge of) the German conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU).[3]

Merkel became Germany's first female chancellor on 22 November 2005 in a coalition of the two biggest German political parties CDU/CSU and SPD. After the election 2009 she formed a coalition with FDP. She again emerged as the winner in 2013 Federal Elections.[4]

In December 2015, she was named as Time magazine's Person of the Year.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Germans can't escape their Lutheran past
  2. "Biographie: Angela Merkel". 2010 [last update]. Retrieved 30 January 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. "Bundeskanzlerin; Biografie". 2011 [last update]. Retrieved 30 January 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. "German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a hat-trick win in 2013 Elections and formed a coalition with the SPD". Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. Gibbs, Nancy (9 December 2015). "Why Angela Merkel is TIME's Person of the Year". Retrieved 9 December 2015.