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WW3 fears: How the EU army is already 'taking shape' as military threat RISES -

The German newspaper added: "Given Russia's violations of international law, Donald Trump's unpredictability and China's military build-up, it could well be that Angela Merkel is still seeing important parts of the vision of a European army being ...

As UN Migration Pact Adoption Date Approaches, More Countries Withdraw And Debate is Reignited in Germany -

Berlin ( – A week ahead of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) congress, a leading party member is renewing debate on whether Germany should sign a U.N. migration agreement, as more countries withdraw ahead of its formal ...

France and Germany dream up ambitious EU reforms - Deutsche Welle

When French President Emmanuel Macron spoke in Germany's parliament on Sunday, he said the European Union had come to a crossroads, and that greater European sovereignty was needed. German Chancellor Angela Merkel concurred. "That is exactly ...

The 'anti-Merkel': two private jets but I'm only 'upper middle class', says German conservative contender Friedrich Merz - South China Morning Post

A front runner to take over from Angela Merkel as leader of Germany's main conservative party is facing criticism for describing himself as “upper middle class” despite having amassed a fortune working in the financial sector and owning two private jets.

Germany Faces New Era As Merkel To Hand Over CDU Reins - Fitch Solutions (press release)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stepping down as head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will necessitate a major re-evaluation within the country's largest party, whether they support a continuation of Merkel's pragmatic centrism, or whether to ...

Germany lures Brexit bankers by easing labour laws - Financial Times

Angela Merkel's government is following through on its pledge to make it easier for banks to fire highly paid senior staff, in a push to increase the country's allure for London-based lenders relocating to the continent because of Brexit. A draft of ...

Two private jets but I'm middle class, says Germany's 'anti-Merkel ... - The Guardian

A frontrunner to take over from Angela Merkel as leader of Germany's main conservative party is facing criticism for describing himself as “upper middle class” ...

The world is watching state capture inquiry‚ says German president - SowetanLIVE Sunday World

In Germany‚ the role of a president is largely ceremonial‚ with the chancellor (prime minister) carrying the executive responsibility over the country's government. For the past 13 years Angela Merkel served as chancellor; she has recently announced ...

Merkel casts doubt on summit as Germany says no new talks - Luxembourg Times

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stepped up pressure on the UK government to back a draft Brexit deal, suggesting a European Union summit would fall apart if Prime Minister Theresa May reopened the accord. "We know that Britain's departure has now ...

Merkel Casts Doubt on Brexit Summit as Germany Says No New Talks - BloombergQuint

Merkel's note of caution reflects concern that May might want to renegotiate the Brexit draft at the summit on Sunday, which Germany would oppose, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified. German Vice Chancellor ...

Germany wants 'an orderly Brexit', Merkel says - Anadolu Agency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday expressed hope that the EU and the U.K. would formalize Brexit agreement on the weekend. Speaking at a joint news conference with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in Berlin, Merkel underlined that ...

These Politicians Are Vying To Succeed Germany's Angela Merkel ... - WUFT

After 13 years as Germany's chancellor and 18 years as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Angela Merkel announced the end of her political ...

Britain RAGES at Macron's 'crazy and dangerous' EU Army plans - 'NOT on my watch!' -

The Defence Secretary said plans to create a European army to rival NATO would undermine international security as he vowed Britain would “never” be part of the plans. His strongly-worded condemnation come after Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron ...

Euro army: UK Def Sec Williamson blasts Merkel & Macron's idea as 'crazy' - RT

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has poured cold water on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron's idea for a European army - labelling such a notion as “crazy” and “dangerous”. Williamson, responding to ...

Globalist Merkel Ally to UK: 'Take Your Bad Brexit Deal or Leave It — Negotiations Are Over' - Breitbart News

A senior German MP and longtime ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted there is “no question” that the “bad” Brexit deal offered by Brussels could be renegotiated. Chairman of the Bundestag's foreign affairs committee, Norbert Röttgen, stated ...

Germany's Next Chancellor - Carnegie Europe

One of the good things about Angela Merkel's decision not to run again as German chancellor is that her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party is finally having a real debate about its future. Well, sort of. Ever since taking over the leadership of the ...

The EU's 'barmy army' is a fantasy no more — and only federalists will cheer that -

Twice during last week's European Parliament debate with Angela Merkel, I felt as if an icy hand had gripped my heart. The first was when I heard the Chancellor call for creation of "real, true" EU army. The second was when I saw our own country's ...

Sant disagrees with Merkel on European future - Newsbook (press release)

This was in reaction to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's talk about the future of European integration, while proposing a European army and the Eurozone budget. She also raised the issue of migration pressures, emphasising that it is a European ...

Aruba: Where Women Lead - New York Times

Although women have risen to such leadership positions in much larger nations — like Margaret Thatcher of Britain or Angela Merkel of Germany or Michelle Bachelet of Chile to name just a few — Mrs. Wever-Croes's election is significant, coming at a ...

Germany's far right Russian-fuelled? - Winnipeg Free Press

Mr. K., who until recently had voted for Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said that the AfD was the only party that represented the values of the Russian-German community. In particular, he said, the fact that the CDU has embraced same ...

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.