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Merkel, Angela Dorothea (orig. Angela Dorothea Kasner)

Born: 1954 AD
Currently alive, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Politicial Adviser


1954 - Born in the western port city of Hamburg
- grew up in East German town of Templin as her dad had to pastor a church in that area

- studied at Templin

- studied physics at the University of Leipzig and earned her doctorate

1977 - married Ulrich Merkel, also a physicist

- joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)  under former Chancellor Helmut Kohl

1982 - divorced with Merkel

1989 - took part in burgeoning democracy movement then worked as government spokeswoman after the first democratic elections


- German women and youth minister 


1994 - head of the environment ministry

1998 - secretary-general of the CDU after Kohl's defeat en the elections

2000 - became the party leader

2005 - became Germany's first woman chancellor after winning the September 18 election

2006 - as of the said year, she is so far the youngest chancellor since WW II
- Forbes Magazine's Most Powerful Woman in the World


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