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MERKEL Angela Dorothea Dr rer. nat
German politician

Date of birth: 17 July 1954

Place of birth: Hamburg

Parentage: d. of Horst Kasner and Herlind Kasner

Family: married 1st Ulrich Merkel (divorced 1982); married 2nd Joachim Sauer 1998

Education: Univ. of Leipzig

Career: Research Assoc. in quantum chem., Zentralinstitut für physikalische Chemie, East Berlin 1978–90; joined Demokratischer Aufbruch (DA) 1989, Press Spokesperson 1990; Deputy Spokesman for Govt of Lothar de la Maizière, March–October 1990; joined Christlich-Demokratische Union (Christian Democratic Union) 1990, member Bundestag 1990–, Deputy Fed. Chair. 1991–98, Christlich-Demokratische Union Chair. Fed. State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 1993–2000, Gen. Sec. Christlich-Demokratische Union 1998–2000, Chair. 2000–, also Parl. Leader 2002–05; Fed. Minister for Women and Young People 1991–94, for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety 1994–98; Chancellor 2005–; Pres. European Council and Chair. G8 2007; Chair. G7 2015; member Council of Women World Leaders

Honours and awards: Bundesverdienstkreuz 2008, Order Stara Planina (Bulgaria) 2010, Grosses Goldenes Ehrenzeichen am Bande für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich 2015; Dr hc (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) 2007, (Univ. of Leipzig) 2008, (Univ. of Tech., Wrocław) 2008, (Univ. of Bern) 2009, (Babeş-Bolyai Univ., Cluj Napoca) 2010, (Womens Univ. EWHA, Seoul) 2010, (Univ. of Tel-Aviv) 2011, (Radboud Univ., Nijmegen) 2013, (Comenius Univ., Bratislava) 2014, (Szeged Univ., Budapest) 2015, (Nanjing) 2016; ranked by Forbes magazine amongst The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women (first) 2006–09, (fourth) 2010, (first) 2011–16; named a Hero of the Environment 2007, Charlemagne Prize for distinguished services to European unity 2008; ranked by Forbes magazine amongst The World’s Most Powerful People (15th) 2009, (sixth) 2010, (fourth) 2011, (second) 2012, (fifth) 2013–14, (second) 2015; Presidential Medal of Freedom (USA) 2011, Jawaharlal Nehru Award 2011, Indira Ghandi Prize for Peace 2013, Presidential Award of Distinction (Israel) 2014, Four Freedoms Awards Freedom Medal 2016

Publication: Der Preis des Überlebens: Gedanken und Gespräche über zukünftige Aufgaben der Umweltpolitik (The Price of Survival: Ideas and Conversations about Future Tasks for Environmental Policy) 1997

Leisure interests: reading, hiking, gardening

Contact details: Address: Office of the Federal Chancellery, Willy-Brandt str. 1, 10557 Berlin, Germany (office); Tel: (30) 40000 (office); Fax: (30) 40002357 (office); Email: (office); Website: (office); Website: .

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