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Angela Dorothea Merkel (Kasner)

German: Dr. Angela Dorothea Merkel (Kasner)
Current Location:: Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Birthplace: Hamburg-Barmbeck-Nord, Hamburg, Germany
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Horst Kasner and Private
Wife of Joachim Sauer
Ex-wife of Ulrich Merkel
Sister of Marcus Kasner and Irene Kasner

Occupation: Bundeskanzlerin
Managed by: Private User
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About Angela Dorothea 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 center-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 predecessor's 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

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Über Dr. Angela Dorothea Merkel (Deutsch)

Angela Dorothea Merkel (* 17. Juli 1954 in Hamburg als Angela Dorothea Kasner) ist eine deutsche Politikerin (CDU) und seit dem 22. November 2005 amtierende Bundeskanzlerin der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Am 14. März 2018 wurde Merkel vom Bundestag zum vierten Mal zur Bundeskanzlerin gewählt.

Merkel wuchs in der DDR auf und war dort als Physikerin am Zentralinstitut für Physikalische Chemie wissenschaftlich tätig. Bei der Bundestagswahl am 2. Dezember 1990 errang sie erstmals ein Bundestagsmandat; in allen folgenden sieben Bundestagswahlen wurde sie in ihrem Wahlkreis in Vorpommern direkt gewählt. 1991 bis 1994 war Merkel Bundesministerin für Frauen und Jugend im Kabinett Kohl IV und 1994 bis 1998 Bundesministerin für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit im Kabinett Kohl V. 1998 bis 2000 amtierte sie als Generalsekretärin der CDU und ist seit dem 10. April 2000 deren Bundesvorsitzende.

Nach dem knappen Sieg der Unionsparteien bei der vorgezogenen Bundestagswahl 2005 löste Merkel Gerhard Schröder als Bundeskanzler ab und führte eine große Koalition mit der SPD bis 2009 (Kabinett Merkel I). Nach der Bundestagswahl 2009 ging sie mit der FDP eine schwarz-gelbe Koalition ein (Kabinett Merkel II), der 2013 eine erneute große Koalition folgte, die auch nach der Bundestagswahl 2017 fortgesetzt wird (Kabinett Merkel III und IV).

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July 17, 1954
Hamburg, Germany