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Merkel insists US ties key to Germany despite Trump tensions - Herald-Whig

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Germany's relationship with the United States remains "central" to her government despite recent disagreements with President Donald Trump over trade and defense spending. Asked about Trump's ...

Merkel: German govt is solid despite fight over migration - Herald-Whig

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged Friday that a bitter fight over migrant policy hurt Germans' confidence in her government, but said she never thought of quitting and insisted that her administration is doing solid work. Merkel's ...

End of Angela? Merkel admits leadership in CRISIS over migration - Daily Star

The embattled leader was quizzed on a number of topics, from Donald Trump to trade, during her annual summer press conference yesterday. Asked whether she has to win back voter trust, she conceded: “Yes, I believe that is the case.” Merkel's grand ...

Angela Merkel to visit Azerbaijan - Trend News Agency

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 21. Trend: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Azerbaijan on August 25, Sputnik reports referring to a source. "The Chancellor will visit Tbilisi on August 23, Yerevan - on August 24, and Baku - on August 25," the source said.

Newspaper: Angela Merkel to visit Armenia in August - Information-Analytic Agency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning a trip to Armenia in August, 168Zham says, citing its diplomatic sources. She received the invitation to visit the country back in December 2017 when President Serzh Sargsyan was in Brussels to take part in ...

ST Scroll Back: Putin was once four hours late for meeting with German leader Merkel - The Straits Times

He once made German Chancellor Angela Merkel - the leader of a country which is as well-known for prizing punctuality as Japan - wait for more than four hours. He did not make an exception for Mr Trump. Their Finland meeting on Monday (July 16) began ...

Angela Merkel 'TAKES NO NOTICE' of Trump attacks - calls leader 'important' partner -

Merkel faced questions about Trump's accusations of her being “totally controlled” by Russia at her annual press conference on Friday. She told reporters she wants to “set an example” for the president. The Chancellor said: “I'm trying to pay even more ...

Angela Merkel dachte nicht an Rücktritt -

Deutschlands Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) hat den harten Ton in dem unionsinternen Streit um die Flüchtlingspolitik kritisiert. Sie befürworte ganz klar, dass Meinungsverschiedenheiten ausgetragen werden, sagte Merkel am Freitag bei ihrer ...

Merkel admits her government lost public trust over migration feud - Daily Sabah

German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded during her annual summer press conference on Friday that the recent government crisis over migration policy cost her coalition public trust that will have to be won back. "Yes, I believe that is the case ...

'It is not yet decided' Merkel's BLEAK response to whether the EU can SAVE itself -

German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that the future of the EU is at stake over the ongoing migration rows between member-states. Mrs Merkel delivered her remarks during her annual summer press conference, which takes place before her holiday.

Merkel on BRINK: EU set to SUE Germany over consumer law row -

The Commission also says Germany's rules do not go far enough to distinguish the difference between firms that produce power and companies which run transmission networks. The authority told Angela Merkel's government to properly implement its rules in ...

'Good for all' that Trump, Putin plan to meet again: Merkel - Arab News

BERLIN: Meetings between the US and Russian presidents should become the “normality,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday, adding that it is “good for all” that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin plan new talks. “That talks are held is basically ...

Angela Merkel Is 'Glad' Donald Trump Invited Vladimir Putin to Washington - Newsweek

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had a fraught relationship with her Russian and U.S. counterparts. Nevertheless, when asked during her summer press conference how she felt about the friendly relationship between President Donald Trump and ...

Trump's tariffs threaten global prosperity, warns Angela Merkel - The Guardian

The war of words over Donald Trump's threat to impose wide-ranging tariffs on imports from China and the European Union has intensified after the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said the levies threatened the incomes of workers across the world.

US-Germany Relations 'Under Pressure' With Donald Trump, but Angela Merkel Vows to Keep Working - Newsweek

German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to call the U.S. a “foe” of the European Union, despite President Donald Trump's claims, and vowed to work through the “pressure” that his presidency has put on bilateral relations. Merkel gave her views on a ...

Angela Merkel Supports Proposed Trump/Putin Summit in Washington - Reason (blog)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks it's a good idea for U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet again this year in Washington, D.C.. "I think it must once again become normal for Russian and American presidents to ...

What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels? - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Defense policy experts within Angela Merkel's coalition government could, of course, merely have returned to business as usual after Trump's bizarro-world appearances this week and last. They're familiar with his lies, after all. Instead, though, a ...

Merkel Vows To Work On Germany's 'Under Pressure' Relationship With US - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will work on her country's relationship with the United States, which she described as "under pressure" but "crucial." Merkel made the statement in a wide-ranging news conference on July 20 after U.S. President ...

Merkel on the brink: German admits she's on SHAKY GROUND – and expects MORE coalition rows -

Mrs Merkel was left on the brink after her interior minister Horst Seehofer demanded tough new border rules and is now fighting to regain popularity after significant slump in the polls. In a pubic opinion poll commissioned by Der Spiegel magazine ...

Angela Merkel Defends Trump's Planned Meeting With Putin - Townhall

President Trump got an unlikely defender Friday after it was announced that he would be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the White House later this year. German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the proposed meeting as “good for all” and ...

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.