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Struggling in parliament, German far right takes to streets - Herald-Whig

FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, attends the speech of Alice Weidel, right, co-faction leader of the Alternative for Germany party, during a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the ...

Germany's exporters fearing fallout from potential US-China trade war look East - Washington Times

As the Trump administration weighs trade wars with China and the European Union to reverse what President Trump calls decades of unfair trading practices at the expense of the U.S., Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel led a delegation of Germany ...

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights Hardest For China - Bloomberg

Klaus Baader, Global Chief Economist, Societe Generale discussed what we learned from Angela Merkel's trip to China with Bryan Curtis and Juliette Saly. He goes on to look into whether China is doing enough to reduce tariffs and open markets. Running ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on border stats _ and a Merkel mystery - New Jersey Herald

Meantime it turns out that Richard Grenell, Trump's ambassador to Germany, got it wrong when he delivered the "shocking" news last month that Trump's predecessors had never given German Chancellor Angela Merkel the courtesy of a tour of the private ...

Thousands gather in Berlin for far-right demonstration, counterprotest - Fairfield Daily Republic

Started as a euroskeptic party, the AfD got a boost in 2015 after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced an open-door policy to refugees fleeing places like Syria and Afghanistan. The surge in foreigners stoked public concerns that helped the AfD enter the ...

Netanyahu heads to Europe to meet Merkel, Macron - Arutz Sheva

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will make state visits to Germany and France, where he will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. According to the statement rebased by the Prime Minister's Office, ...

Some 30000 Protesters Take to German Streets Over Migration Issue (PHOTO) - Sputnik International

While some activists protested German Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy of open-doors toward migrants, others campaigned against racism and discrimination in the country. More than 25,000 people took part in protests in Berlin on Sunday, Frankfurter ...

German MP on Lawsuit Against Merkel: 'If It's Successful, She'll Have to Resign' - Sputnik International

The main goal of a lawsuit filed against German Chancellor Angela Merkel by the AfD party is to track down the decision-making process during the 2015 migration crisis and find out whether Merkel's actions were unconstitutional, German politician ...

German Chancellor Merkel Meets With Wife of Detained Human Rights Lawyer, Yu Wensheng - The Epoch Times

During German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to China this week, she met with the wife of a currently detained human rights lawyer, Yu Wensheng, according to a Twitter post by fellow lawyer Yao Jianqing. Yao posted the message on May 24 along with a ...

In Berlin 20000 detractors shout down 5000 AfD protesters - Deutsche Welle

They congregated to express their discontent and often outright contempt for the policies of Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, particularly her welcoming stance toward refugees. On the other side and in the surrounding Tiergarten park, over 20,000 ...

Netanyahu Heading to Europe to Meet with Merkel, Macron - The Jewish Press -

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to travel to Germany and France a week from Monday, his office announced Sunday. He'll begin his trip in Berlin, where he will meet for talks on Monday (June 4) with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel before ...

Meer tegenbetogers dan aanhang AfD in Berlijn - Dagblad van het Noorden

Ruim 5000 aanhangers van de rechts-populistische partij Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) zijn in Berlijn de straat opgegaan om te betogen tegen bondskanselier Angela Merkel en moslimimmigratie. Circa 20.000 tot 25.000 mensen zijn naar de Duitse ...

Merkel, Muslims and immigration: right and left square off on the streets of Berlin in rival protests - South China Morning Post

Scheduled to address the crowd are top AfD figures Joerg Meuthen and Alexander Gauland, who regularly rail against Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow in large numbers of mainly Muslim refugees at the height of Europe's migrant crisis. “Merkel ...

German nationalists march in Berlin - The Detroit News

Berlin – Supporters of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party marched through central Berlin to protest against Chancellor Angela Merkel's government Sunday, while a heavy police presence kept the marchers away from a raft of counter ...

Berlin clubbers oppose AfD march with dance party (VIDEO) - RT

The right-wing populist party, known for its anti-migrant and anti-Muslim stance, became the largest opposition party to Angela Merkel's coalition government after last year's federal elections. “Germany has a government that works against its people ...

Donald Trump looms over Angela Merkel's trip to China - Axios - Axios

The world's most powerful woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, went to meet the world's most powerful man, Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Thursday.

Angela Merkel visited innovative Shenzhen on her China trip. Will she stop in Hong Kong next time? - South China Morning Post

Not many in Hong Kong seemed to pay much attention last week to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's whirlwind two-day visit to China, even when she picked our neighbour, Shenzhen, as her last stop. Merkel officiated at the opening ceremony for an ...

Merkel meets wives of 2 jailed human rights lawyers in China - Asahi Shimbun

BEIJING--In an unscheduled meeting showing the importance she places on human rights issues, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met the wives of two detained Chinese lawyers here on May 24 during her visit to China. They were Li Wenzu, 33, wife of ...

How Angela Merkel's 'gift' of goodwill could boost Beijing-Berlin ... - South China Morning Post

Eric Brattberg and Philippe Le Corre write that the German chancellor's appeasing tone on China's economic policies opens a negotiating window ahead of July ...

Chancellor Angela Merkel tackles housing shortfall, tenancy hikes ... - Deutsche Welle

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany "urgently needed" extra affordable housing and used her weekly video podcast Saturday to reel off a series of steps ...

Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician and the current Chancellor of Germany. She is also the leader of the Christian Democratic Union .

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Chancellor of Germany
Assumed office
22 November 2005
President Horst Köhler
Christian Wulff
Joachim Gauck
Deputy Franz Müntefering
Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Guido Westerwelle
Philipp Rösler
Sigmar Gabriel
Preceded by Gerhard Schröder
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union
Assumed office
10 April 2000
Preceded by Wolfgang Schäuble
General Secretary of the Christian Democratic Union
In office
7 November 1998 – 10 April 2000
Preceded by Peter Hintze
Succeeded by Ruprecht Polenz
Minister for the Environment
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
18 January 1991
Preceded by Constituency established
Personal details
Born Angela Dorothea Kasner
(1954-07-17) 17 July 1954 (age 62)
Hamburg, West Germany
Political party Democratic Awakening

Christian Democratic Union
Spouse(s) Ulrich Merkel
Joachim Sauer
Alma mater Leipzig University
Religion Lutheranism

Angela Dorothea Merkel (née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a German politician and the current Chancellor of Germany. She is also the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

A former research scientist with a doctorate in physical chemistry, Merkel entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989, and briefly served as a deputy spokesperson for the first democratically-elected East German Government headed by Lothar de Maizière in 1990. Following German reunification in 1990, Merkel was elected to the Bundestag for the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and has been reelected ever since. Merkel was appointed as the Minister for Women and Youth in the federal government under Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 1991, and became the Minister for the Environment in 1994. After her party lost the federal election in 1998, Merkel was elected Secretary-General of the CDU before becoming the party's first woman leader two years later in the aftermath of a donations scandal that toppled Wolfgang Schäuble.

Following the 2005 federal election, Merkel was appointed Germany's first woman Chancellor at the head of a grand coalition consisting of the CDU, its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). In the 2009 federal election, the CDU obtained the largest share of the vote and Merkel was able to form a coalition government with the support of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). At the 2013 federal election, Merkel won a landslide victory with 41.5% of the vote and formed a second grand coalition with the SPD, after the FDP lost all of its representation in the Bundestag.

In 2007, Merkel was President of the European Council and chaired the G8, the second woman to do so. Merkel played a central role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration. One of Merkel's consistent priorities has been to strengthen transatlantic economic relations. Merkel played a crucial role in managing the financial crisis at the European and international level, and she has been referred to as "the decider." In domestic policy, health care reform, problems concerning future energy development and more recently her government's approach to the ongoing migrant crisis have been major issues during her Chancellorship.

Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union throughout her tenure as Chancellor. Merkel has twice been named the world's second most powerful person by Forbes magazine, the highest ranking ever achieved by a woman. In December 2015, Merkel was named as Time magazine's Person of the Year, with the magazine's cover declaring her to be the "Chancellor of the Free World." On 26 March 2014, Merkel became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union and she is currently the senior G7 leader. In May 2016, Merkel was named the most powerful woman in the world for a record tenth time by Forbes. On 20 November 2016, Merkel announced she would seek re-election to a fourth term.