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Angela Merkel
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Merkel in 2019
Chancellor of Germany
Assumed office
22 November 2005
President
Vice Chancellor
Preceded by Gerhard Schröder
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union
In office
10 April 2000 – 7 December 2018
General Secretary
Deputy
Preceded by Wolfgang Schäuble
Succeeded by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Bundestag Leader of the CDU/CSU Group
In office
22 September 2002 – 21 November 2005
Deputy Michael Glos
Preceded by Friedrich Merz
Succeeded by Volker Kauder
General Secretary of the Christian Democratic Union
In office
7 November 1998 – 10 April 2000
Leader Wolfgang Schäuble
Preceded by Peter Hintze
Succeeded by Ruprecht Polenz
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
20 December 1990
Constituency Stralsund – Nordvorpommern – Rügen (1990–2013)
Vorpommern-Rügen – Vorpommern-Greifswald I (2013–)
Personal details
Born
Angela Dorothea Kasner

17 July 1954 (1954-07-17) (age 65)
Hamburg, West Germany
Political party
Spouse(s)
Residence Berlin, Germany
Alma mater
  • Leipzig University (B.S.)
  • German Academy of Sciences at Berlin (Ph.D.)
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Dr. Angela Dorothea Merkel (born Angela Dorothea Kasner on 17 July 1954, Hamburg) is a German politician, and has been Chancellor of Germany since 22 November 2005.

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).

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.

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

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