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Germany to trump Japan again with world's largest current account surplus: Ifo - The Hindu

Germany's current account surplus is set to remain the world's largest this year despite increased trade tensions, the Ifo institute said on Monday, in an estimate likely to renew criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel's fiscal policies. The ...

Angela Merkel sidestepped Vladimir Putin's request for Europe to help rebuild Syria - iNews

Vladimir Putin has left empty-handed after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, having argued that Europe must make a greater contribution to rebuilding Syria. The three-hour meeting on Saturday came at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions, ...

Challenged by Trump, Merkel, Putin signal rapprochement - Daily Sabah

Amid the challenges posed by U.S. President Donald Trump, the invitation from Merkel to Putin is considered as a sign of rapprochement after years of antagonism. This was Putin's highest profile bilateral visit to Germany since Russia annexed ...

Help us rebuild Syria to end migrant crisis, Putin tells Merkel - The Times

Europe should help rebuild President Assad's Syria to allow refugees to return home and to prevent new flows of migrants, Vladimir Putin told Angela Merkel at a summit this weekend. President Putin arrived at the talks in the Brandenburg castle over ...

Putin pushes Merkel for Syrian refugee return even as many go hungry - The National

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he supports the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland, warning that Europe can't afford another migration crisis. The pair discussed the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as ...

Merkel and Putin discuss Syria and Ukraine at landmark meeting - Financial Times

Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin have used a bilateral meeting in Germany to signal a desire for a working relationship despite strong disagreements in many areas. The German chancellor and Russian president met at Ms Merkel's Meseberg castle retreat ...

Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin tackle tough global topics -

Chancellor Angela Merkel has received Russian President Vladimir Putin on his first bilateral visit to Germany since 2014. Their agenda listed Ukraine, Syria and piped gas for Europe but she dampened expectations. Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday ...

Putin dances at Austrian wedding; talks with Merkel on Syria - New Jersey Herald

BERLIN (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Austrian authorities imposed tight ...

Putin calls on Europe to rebuild Syria so that refugees can return - The Express Tribune

“We need to strengthen the humanitarian effort in the Syrian conflict,” he said ahead of a meeting with his German counterpart Angela Merkel at the government retreat of Meseberg castle 70kms north of Berlin. “By that, I mean above all humanitarian aid ...

Merkel, Putin Don't See Eye to Eye About What to Do With Syria - Al-Bawaba

Speaking after talks with Putin outside Berlin on Saturday, Merkel said the focus should rather be on averting a Syrian army operation to retake the militant-held province of Idlib. Her retort came after the Russian leader underlined the need for ...

Merkel and Putin talk Syria, Ukraine and Nord Stream 2 – but meeting ends with no agreements - The Independent

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin discussed the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine as well as the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline during talks on Saturday. But the meeting, held just outside Berlin, ended with no ...

Putin Meets Merkel in Berlin to Cement Business Ties Like Gas Pipeline - Al-Bawaba

The meeting held in the German government's villa outside Berlin at Merkel's invitation,was the first high-profile bilateral visit since 2013, before Putin's later annexation of Crimea deteriorated relations. "Merkel is hedging and Putin is exploiting ...

Russian President Putin Steals The Show At Austrian Minister's Wedding - NDTV

He was on a stopover on his way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Berlin. Photographs showed Kneissl, 53, smiling in a long white and cream "dirndl" dress and talking to Putin as they danced in a vineyard in southern Styria province, the ...

Merkel implicitly rejects Putin's call to help Syria reconstruction - PRESSTV

German Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to have rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin's call to financially contribute to the Syria reconstruction. Speaking after talks with Putin outside Berlin on Saturday, Merkel said the focus should rather be on ...

Meeting between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin proves inconclusive - The Australian Financial Review

Meseberg |Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn US ire during tough talks outside Berlin that ended with no clear-cut ...

Odd couple Merkel and Putin find reasons to smile -

Russian President Vladimir Putin flew into Berlin late Saturday afternoon to strengthen a brittle relationship with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and quell dissent over a controversial expansion of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. The atmosphere was ...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin tackle tough topics in meeting outside Berlin - Times Now

Meseberg: Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met outside Berlin on Saturday for talks ranging from the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, to Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn US ire. Standing beside Putin ...

Merkel, Putin Exchange Views On Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Pipeline - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

The Kremlin says German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a “"very serious and detailed" three-hour discussion during their meeting outside of Berlin, including an exchange of views on Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and a ...

Merkel, Putin Complete 'Serious and Detailed' Talks After Three Hours, Kremlin Says - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

A Kremlin spokesman says talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin ended after three hours, calling the conversation "very serious and detailed." The remarks to journalists early on August 19 by Kremlin ...

Merkel, Putin tackle tough topics in talks - Newcastle Herald

On the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline to carry Russian gas under the Baltic to Germany, Merkel said Ukraine should continue to have a role in gas transit to Europe, and welcomed the start of discussions among the European Union, Ukraine and Russia on ...

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.

#LIVE: Treffen zwischen Angela Merkel und Wladimir Putin

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday. One of the topics will be a proposed Russian ...

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Merkel and Putin meet for talks in Berlin: joint statements

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin deliver statements ahead of a meeting at the German Federal Government's guest ...

How Powerful is Angela Merkel? | NowThis World

Angela Merkel has been called "The Leader of the Free World", but with Germany voting to either keep or ditch their long-time Chancellor, we wanted to know ...

Angela Merkel’s ticking Bavarian time bomb - BBC Newsnight

Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Bavaria where German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under fire over her refugee policy. Newsnight is the BBC's flagship ...