Angela Merkel - Fast Facts
Here's a look at the life of the first female chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.
Personal: Birth Date: July 17, 1954
Birth Place: Hamburg, Germany
Birth Name: Angela Dorothea Kasner
Father: Horst Kasner, a Lutheran minister
Mother: Herlind Kasner, an English teacher
Marriages: Joachim Sauer (1998 - present); Ulrich Merkel (1977 - 1982, divorced)
Education: University of Leipzig, B.S., 1978; German Academy of Sciences, Ph. D, 1986
Other Facts: Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl sometimes referred to her as "the girl."
She is a former physicist.
Timeline: 1978 - 1990 - Research associate at Zentralinstitut fur physikalische Chemie in Berlin.
1990 - Becomes Press Officer for Demokratischer Aufbruch (DA or Democratic Awakening).
December 1990 - Is elected to the German Bundestag.
1991 - Is named Minister of Women and Young People by Chancellor Helmut Kohl and becomes Deputy Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
1994 - Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
1998 - General Secretary of the CDU.
April 10, 2000 - Becomes the first female chairperson of the CDU.
October 10, 2005 - Strikes a deal with Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats that will make her the first female Chancellor of Germany.
November 22, 2005 - Is sworn in as the first female chancellor of Germany.
January 13 and 16, 2006 - Meets President George W. Bush at the White House and President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.
April 30, 2008 - Receives the Charlemagne Prize, the "Citizens' Prize for Services to European Unity."
June 26, 2009 - Makes first visit to the United States under President Barack Obama's administration.
September 27, 2009 - Is re-elected chancellor of Germany.
February 15, 2011 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama
June 17, 2011 - Meets with French President Nicholas Sarkozy to discuss a potential Greek bailout plan.
December 5, 2011 - Meets with Sarkozy to announce their proposed plan to impose fiscal discipline on members of the European Union.
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