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Angela Merkel

Personal data
Date of birth17 July 1954(age 62)
Place of birthHamburg, West Germany
Political partyChristian Democratic Union (1990 � present)
Other partyDemocratic Awakening (1989 � 1990)
SpouseUlrich Merkel (1977 � 1982)
Joachim Sauer (1998 � present)
Alma materUniversity of Leipzig
ProfessionPhysical chemist
ReligionChristian (Protestantism)
Chancellor of Germany
Assumed office22 November 2005
PresidentHorst Köhler
Christian Wulff
DeputyFranz Müntefering
Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Guido Westerwelle
Philipp Rösler
Preceded byGerhard Schröder
Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
In office17 November 1994 - 26 October 1998
ChancellorHelmut Kohl
Succeeded byJürgen Trittin
Preceded byKlaus Töpfer
Minister for Women and Youth
In office18 January 1991 - 17 November 1994
ChancellorHelmut Kohl
Succeeded byClaudia Nolte
Preceded byUrsula Lehr
Member of the Bundestag
Assumed office2 December 1990
ConstituencyStralsund � Nordvorpommern � Rügen
Preceded byNew constituency

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Angela Dorothea Merkel (-deaŋˈɡeːla doʁoˈteːa ˈmɛʁkl̩langDe-Angela Dorothea Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany (since 22 November 2005). Merkel, elected to the Bundestag (German Parliament) from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, has been the chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000, and chairwoman of the CDU-CSU (Christian Social Union) parliamentary coalition from 2002 to 2005.

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.

Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany. In 2007, she became the second woman to chair the G8, after Margaret Thatcher.

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