Angela Dorothea Merkel (Kasner), Dr.
|Current Location::||Berlin, Berlin, Germany|
|Birthplace:||Hamburg-Barmbeck-Nord, Hamburg, Deutschland|
|Occupation:||Chancellor of Germany|
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About Dr. Angela Merkel
Angela Dorothea Merkel, née Kasner, (born 17 July 1954) is the current Chancellor of Germany. Merkel topped Forbes magazine's list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was elected to the Bundestag (German Parliament) from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, has been the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000, and Chairman of the CDU-CSU (Christian Social Union) parliamentary coalition from 2002 to 2005.
Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany. In 2007 she became the second woman to chair the G8, after Margaret Thatcher. As a female politician from a centre right party, and a scientist, Merkel has been compared by many in the English-language press to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Some have referred to her as "Iron Lady", "Iron Girl", and even "The Iron Frau" (all alluding to Thatcher, whose nickname was "The Iron Lady" —Thatcher also has a science degree: an Oxford University degree in chemistry). Political commentators have debated the precise extent to which their agendas are similar.
In addition to being the first female German chancellor and the youngest German chancellor since the Second World War, Merkel is also the first born after World War II, and the first with a background in natural sciences. She studied physics; her predecessors law, business, history or were military officers, among others.
Merkel topped Forbes magazine's list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. From 2005 to 2009 she led a grand coalition with the Christian Social Union (CSU), its Bavarian sister party, and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), formed after the 2005 federal election on 22 November 2005. In the elections of 27 September 2009, her party, the CDU, obtained the largest share of the votes, and formed a coalition government with the CSU and the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Her government was sworn in on 28 October 2009.
In 2007, Merkel was also President of the European Council and chaired the G8. She played a central role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration. In domestic policy, health care reform and problems concerning future energy development have thus far been major issues of her tenure.
Horst Kasner "The young Merkel: Idealist's daughter", New York Times, 9/6/2005
Angela Dorothea Merkel - ist eine deutsche Politikerin. Seit dem 10. April 2000 ist sie Bundesvorsitzende der CDU und seit dem 22. November 2005 deutsche Bundeskanzlerin. Wikipedia DE