Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany (2005)

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

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On the 22th of november in the year 2005, history was written when Angela Merkel became Germany’s first female Chancellor. On that day she became one of the leading figures of the European Union.

Angela Merkel is born on July 17, 1956 as Angela Dorothea Kasner in Hamburg. Merkel’s father has Polish roots, which makes Merkel partly Polish and partly German. Merkel’s Polish grandfather came to Berlin after World War I and married a German woman. The family got rid of their Polish surname before World War II and renamed themselves Kasner. Angela married twice, but kept the name of her first husband, Ulrich Merkel, whom she divorced in 1981.

Minister for women
Merkel started her political career after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. She joined the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) and served as minister for women and youth and minister for the environment and nuclear safety in the Helmut Kohl’s cabinet (1994 - 1998). She became party leader of the CDU in 2000 and won the elections in 2005. Meanwhile, she has been re-elected for the second time as Chancellor of Germany, in 2009 and 2017.

Trivial fact
Did you know Angela Merkel is afraid of dogs? She was bitten by a dog in 1995 and has been afraid of any dog ever since. Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has frequently used his labrador, Konni, to scare Merkel while she was on state visit.


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