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Angela Dorothea Merkel is a former research scientist and German politician who has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union since 2000.
After earning her doctorate as a physical chemist, Merkel entered politics during the wake of the Revolutions of 1989. She briefly acted as the deputy spokesperson for the democratically elected East German Government until German Reunification in 1990 when she was elected to the Bundestag.
During her time in office she was appointed the Federal Minister for Women and Youth, the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety.
After her party’s coalition was defeated in 1998, Merkel was elected the Secretary-General of her party (Christian Democratic Union), which led to her being elected as the party’s leader in 2000.
Following the 2005 federal election, she was appointed Germany's Chancellor at the head of a grand coalition.
In 2007, Merkel was President of the European Council and chaired the G8, and was integral in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration. She prioritized strengthening transatlantic economic relations when she signed the agreement for the Transatlantic Economic Council. Merkel has been a crucial part of managing the financial crisis both in Europe and internationally. In fact, her decisions carry so much weight that she is referred to as "the decider."
Domestically, Merkel has focused on health care reform and problems concerning future energy development.
Angela Merkel is the de facto leader of the European Union. She was ranked the world's second most powerful person by Forbes magazine in 2012. Currently, she is ranked fifth. On March 26, 2014, she became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union.
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