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Angela Merkel

Chancellor, Germany
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Net worth 2018: $1 Million
Industry: Other
Residence: Hamburg
Country: Germany
BirthDay: 17 July 1954
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Education: Master of Science, Leipzig University; Doctorate, Leipzig University
BIOGRAPHY

Angela Merkel was bornon 17 July 1954 in Hamburg, Germany, is Chancellor, Germany. Angela Merkel is #3 in Most Powerful People In The World. Once again, Merkel tops the list. As the de facto leader of the struggling European coalition, Merkel this year won a hard-fought election that saw the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party creep into the Bundestag. She'll have to continue to hold tight to the EU rudder as she faces oncoming storms from Brexit and the growing anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe. She's working from a position of strength though as Germany's economy continues to grow. After a slump in 2015, GDP is on the upswing.

TIMELINE
2017

At the conclusion of the May 2017 Group of Seven's leaders in Sicily, Merkel criticised American efforts to renege on earlier commitments on climate change

2016

In 2016, a documentary film Angela Merkel – The Unexpected, a story about her unexpected rise to power from an East German physicist to the most powerful woman in the world, was produced by Broadview TV and MDR in collaboration with Arte and Das Erste

2015

In October 2015, Horst Seehofer, Bavarian State Premier and leader of CSU, the sister party of Merkel's CDU, criticised Merkel's policy of allowing in hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East: "We're now in a state of mind without rules, without system and without order because of a German decision

2014

”Merkel features as a main character in two of the three plays that make up the Europeans Trilogy (Bruges, Antwerp, Tervuren) by Paris-based UK playwright Nick Awde: Bruges (Edinburgh Festival, 2014) and Tervuren (2016)

2013

On the American sketch-comedy Saturday Night Live, she has been parodied by Kate McKinnon since 2013

2012

In 2012, Merkel said, regarding her faith: "I am a member of the evangelical church

2011

An August 2011 poll found her coalition had only 36% support compared to a rival potential coalition's 51%

2010

The term alternativlos (German for "without an alternative"), which was frequently used by Angela Merkel to describe her measures addressing the European sovereign-debt crisis, was named the Un-word of the Year 2010 by a jury of linguistic scholars

2009

The second Cabinet of Angela Merkel was sworn in on 28 October 2009

2008

However, two days later, on 6 October 2008, it emerged that the pledge was simply a political move that would not be backed by legislation

2007

Vladimir Putin, in a move reminiscent of Germany's first chancellor, brought in his Labrador Retriever during a press conference in 2007

2006

In 2006 Merkel expressed concern about overreliance on Russian energy, but she received little support from others in Berlin

2005

Separate conferences of the CDU, CSU, and SPD approved the proposed Cabinet on 14 November 2005

2004

Before the 2004 merger of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg and the Evangelical Church in Silesian Upper Lusatia (both also being a part of the EKD), she belonged to the former

2003

In the spring of 2003, defying strong public opposition, Merkel came out in favour of the U

2002

After Stoiber's defeat in 2002, in addition to her role as CDU Leader, Merkel became Leader of the Opposition in the Bundestag; Friedrich Merz, who had held the post prior to the 2002 election, was eased out to make way for Merkel

2001

As early as February 2001 her rival Friedrich Merz had made clear he intended to become Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's main challenger in the 2002 election

2000

She was subsequently elected to replace Schäuble, becoming the first female leader of a German party on 10 April 2000

1999

Merkel oversaw a string of CDU election victories in six out of seven state elections in 1999, breaking the long-standing SPD-Green hold on the Bundesrat

1998

They first met in 1981, became a couple later and married privately on 30 December 1998

1995

Merkel has a fear of dogs after being attacked by one in 1995

1994

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

1991

As the protégée of Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Merkel was appointed as the Federal Minister for Women and Youth in Kohl's government in 1991, and became the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in 1994

1990

Merkel stood for election at the 1990 federal election, the first since reunification, and was elected to the Bundestag for the constituency of Stralsund – Nordvorpommern – Rügen, which is in the district of Vorpommern-Rügen

1989

Revolution of 1989Kohl AdministrationLeader of the Christian Democratic UnionFirst Ministry and TermSecond Ministry and TermThird Ministry and TermFourth Ministry and TermMerkel was born Angela Dorothea Kasner in 1954, in Hamburg, West Germany, the daughter of Horst Kasner (1926–2011; né Kaźmierczak), a Lutheran pastor and a native of Berlin, and his wife Herlind (née Jentzsch), born in 1928 in Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland), a teacher of English and Latin

1986

In 1986 she was able to travel freely to West-Germany to participate at a congress; she also participated in a multi-week language course in Donetsk

1978

Merkel worked and studied at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin-Adlershof from 1978 to 1990

1977

In 1977 at the age of 23, Angela Kasner married physics student Ulrich Merkel and took his surname

1973

Merkel was educated at Karl Marx University, Leipzig, where she studied physics from 1973 to 1978

1968

In 1968, Merkel joined the Free German Youth (FDJ), the official communist youth movement sponsored by the ruling Marxist–Leninist Socialist Unity Party of Germany

1954

In 1954, when Angela was just three months old, her father received a pastorate at the church in Quitzow (a quarter of Perleberg in Brandenburg), which was then in East Germany

1950

Later in her tenure, Merkel acquired the nickname "Mutti" (a German familiar form of "mother"), said by Der Spiegel to refer to an idealised mother figure from the 1950s and 1960s

1949

However, with their preferred coalition partner, the FDP, failing to enter parliament for the first time since 1949, the CDU/CSU turned to the SPD to form the third grand coalition in postwar German history and the second under Merkel's leadership

1930

In 1930 they Germanized the Polish name Kaźmierczak to Kasner

20

Her paternal grandfather, Ludwik Kaźmierczak, was a German policeman of Polish ethnicity, who had taken part in Poland's struggle for independence in the early 20th century

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