“Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn’t the top priority.” – Angela Merkel
Full Name : Angela Dorothea Merkel
Date of birth : July 17, 1954 in Hamburg, West Germany
Spouse(s) : Joachim Sauer(m.1998) and Ulrich Merkel(m. 1977-1982)
Angela Merkel is a German politician and the current Chancellor of the country. After her election in 2005, she became the youngest German chancellor in the history of Germany after the World War II. She is often regarded as the “Leader of the Free World” .
7 Facts About German Chancellor Angela Merkel
The Powerful Woman in the World
Merkel is considered is the most powerful woman in the world. She is also seen as a de facto leader of the European Union and the leader of the Free World. Her influence on the EU has made her a force to reckon with in Europe and a powerful world leader. Merkel became the second woman to chair the G-8. During this period, she played a vital role in the Berlin Declaration and Treaty of Lisbon negotiations. The treaty was signed in 2007 and was enforced in 2009.
Chancellor of Germany
Merkel came to power as German Councillor in 2005. Before rising to that office, she served as the opposition leader of the Christian Democrat Union since 2000. Merkel has since won elections three elections and the last was in 2017.
Merkel is a professionally trained research scientist. After her doctorate in quantum chemistry in 1986, she worked as a research scientist. Three years into her career, 1989, she entered into politics and has since never looked back.
The Start of her Political Career
Merkel gained interest in politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She joined the Democratic Awakening party after the event to play an active role in the growing democracy in the country. Merkel served in the pre-unification caretaker government as a deputy spokesperson after the first multi-party election in East Germany. The rest is history.
Attendance at G-20 Meetings
Merkel is on record to be the only world leader to have attended all meetings of G-20 since 2008. She was holding this record with Stephen Harper, the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada until he missed a meeting in 2015. He has attended a total of 12th submits since 2017.
She is Afraid of Dog
Merkel is afraid of dog ever since she was bitten by one in 1995. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin took advantage of this to put a little fear in Merkel during a meeting in 2007. However, Putin claimed it was not intentional.
She has Married Twice
Merkel has married twice, first to Ulrich Merkel. It is through that marriage that she got the surname “Merkel.” The couple married for five years. Her second marriage is to Joachim Sauer, a quantum physicist. Merkel has no children on her own.