|Chancellor of Germany|
|Assumed office |
22 November 2005
|President||Horst Köhler (2005–2010)|
Christian Wulff (2010–2012)
Joachim Gauck (2012–2017)
Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2017–present)
|Deputy||Franz Müntefering (2005–2007)|
Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2007–2009)
Guido Westerwelle (2009–2011)
Philipp Rösler (2011–2013)
Sigmar Gabriel (2013–2018)
Olaf Scholz (since 2018)
|Preceded by||Gerhard Schröder|
|Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety|
17 November 1994 – 26 October 1998
|Preceded by||Klaus Töpfer|
|Succeeded by||Jürgen Trittin|
|Minister for Women and Youth|
18 January 1991 – 17 November 1994
|Preceded by||Ursula Lehr|
|Succeeded by||Claudia Nolte|
|Member of the Bundestag|
|Assumed office |
2 December 1990
|Constituency||Stralsund – Nordvorpommern – Rügen|
Angela Dorothea Kasner
17 July 1954
Hamburg, West Germany (Germany since 1990)
|Political party||Christian Democratic Union (1990–present)|
|Democratic Awakening (1989–1990)|
|Spouse(s)||Ulrich Merkel (1977–1982)|
Joachim Sauer (1998–present)
|Alma mater||University of Leipzig|
She was born in Hamburg, at the time part of West Germany, and grew up in the former German Democratic Republic, where she lived until the reuniting of Germany in 1990. Merkel is now married to Joachim Sauer, a professor of chemistry. From 2000 to 2018, she was the chairperson (was in charge of) the German conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU).
Merkel became Germany's first female chancellor on 22 November 2005 in a coalition of the two biggest German political parties, the CDU/CSU and SPD. After the next election in 2009, she formed a coalition with the German liberal party FDP. After the 2013 and 2017 Federal Elections, she again emerged as chancellor of a coalition government.
Her father was a Lutheran pastor and her mother a school teacher. Before becoming a politician, she worked as a researcher in Physical Chemistry. In December 2015, she was named as Time magazine's Person of the Year.
In October 2018, Merkel announced her permanent retirement from politics, as she said she would not seek reelection as leader of the CDU at the party convention in December 2018 and as Chancellor in 2021. After this, another female politician, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, replaced her as CDU leader.
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