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Angela Merkel

Born: July 17, 1954 (age 63) in Hamburg

Angela Merkel


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Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician and a former research scientist who has been the leader of the Christian Democratic Union since 2000 and the Chancellor of Germany since 2005.

She is the first woman and the first former citizen of the German Democratic Republic to hold either office.

Having earned a doctorate as a physical chemist, Merkel entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989, briefly serving as the deputy spokesperson for the first democratically elected East German Government in 1990.

Following the German reunification in 1990, she was elected to the Bundestag for Stralsund-Nordvorpommern-Rügen in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a seat she has held ever since.

She was later appointed as the Federal Minister for Women and Youth in 1991 under Chancellor Helmut Kohl, and became the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety in 1994, serving until 1998.

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Don't panic, we CAN still walk away from a trade agreement

don't panic, we can still walk away from a trade agreement
Just one roar from the British lion, as Boris Johnson would put it, and Angela Merkel and Co have started to buckle.

Matchmaker Merkel seeks awkward three-way embrace

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened what promised to be marathon coalition talks on Friday, hoping to bring three opposing political camps into a stable government despite signs..

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News video: Brexit – where to now?

Brexit – where to now? 01:14

The pressure is on the UK prime minister to salvage the Brexit negotations before a crunch summit in Brussels in December. Theresa May won a modest reprieve in the stalled talks on Friday. EU leaders..
Source: Euronews English -

News video: Madrid poised to activate emergency rule in Catalonia

Madrid poised to activate emergency rule in Catalonia 01:38

The Spanish government will announcing special measures on Saturday to impose direct rule on the wealthy region of Catalonia over its bid to breakaway. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s move will..
Source: euronews (in English) -

News video: Merkel wants to cut EU aid to Turkey

Merkel wants to cut EU aid to Turkey 01:11

The human rights situation in Turkey is unacceptable and EU leaders have asked their executive arm to look at cutting pre-accession aid to Ankara in a “responsible way”. EU leaders want to..
Source: Euronews English -

News video: Brexit Negotiations May Finally Move Forward

Brexit Negotiations May Finally Move Forward 00:46

European leaders have indicated that they are ready to start discussing their relationship with the UK after Brexit. Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May has been widely criticized following..
Source: Wochit News -

News video: Merkel 'pushes for cut in pre-accession funds' to Turkey

Merkel 'pushes for cut in pre-accession funds' to Turkey 01:22

Ankara is “moving away step-by-step” from the preconditions for accession to the EU, Angela Merkel says. The German Chancellor labelled the human rights situation in Turkey “unacceptable” as..
Source: euronews (in English) -


Jamaica or bust: Merkel starts crunch coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pronounced herself optimistic as she opened the first full round of talks on piecing together the three-way "Jamaica" coalition she needs if she is to..

Tusk: EU leaders give green light to preparing for Brexit trade talks

tusk: eu leaders give green light to preparing for brexit trade talks
European Council president Donald Tusk today announced that EU leaders have agreed to start "internal preparations" for the second phase of Brexit negotiations, after reports that Prime Minister..
City A.M.

Brexit and Catalonia talks loom over markets  

brexit and catalonia talks loom over markets  
Theresa May received a boost from Angela Merkel today as the German chancellor said she had 'no doubt' there will be a 'good result' from Brexit talks.
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Angela Merkel has given hope there will eventually be success in Brexit negotiations

The German Chancellor said progress is coming 'step by step'

Angela Merkel says she has 'no doubt' a Brexit deal will be secured


Merkel sends positive signal to May on Brexit talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered one of her most positive assessments of Brexit talks in months on Thursday, saying she believed negotiations between the EU and Britain were..

EU leaders want to 'responsibly' cut Turkey pre-accession aid: Merkel

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The human rights situation in Turkey is unacceptable, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Thursday, adding European Union leaders had asked their executive arm to..

'A long way to go' in German coalition talks, liberal FDP says

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is a long way to go in talks on forming a new German coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a senior member of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) said..

Merkel presses allies to cut funds for Turkey's EU bid

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her fellow leaders on Thursday to cut European Union funds to Turkey that are linked to Ankara's bid to join the bloc due to concerns about..

Germany's FDP, Greens try to find common ground at first talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - A first meeting between Germany's pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens about joining a coalition led by conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel focused on finding out..

DEBATE: Will the UK and EU be able to move to phase two negotiations soon?

debate: will the uk and eu be able to move to phase two negotiations soon?
Will the UK and EU be able to move to phase two negotiations after the summit this week? *Chris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, says YES.* A great deal of work has gone..
City A.M.

First coalition talks constructive: German parties

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and the pro-business Free Democrats described their first talks on building a coalition government as constructive on Wednesday, but a..

Rule of Law: Merkel Risks Deepening EU Rifts

Violations of EU agreements have become more the rule than the exception and now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel would like to put a stop to the practice. But the move seems predestined to deepen..

Weakened Merkel warns of compromise as talks on coalition start

BERLIN (Reuters) - A chastened Angela Merkel warned her conservatives they must compromise to forge a nationally untested alliance in Germany as she heads into talks with other parties on Wednesday..

Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

countering the populists: merkel moves left to disarm the right
Angela Merkel's response to the rise of the far-right AfD is to shift her party further to the left and position herself as the social conscience of the new coalition. But within her party, many have..

Mission impossible? Merkel's coalition conundrum just got harder

BERLIN (Reuters) - She has earned a reputation as Europe's chief crisis manager. Now Germany's Angela Merkel must forge a government out of an awkward group of allies bent on nailing down a coalition..

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