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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 for Stralsund – Nordvorpommern – Rügen constituency 1990–2013, for Vorpommern-Rügen and Vorpommern-Greifswald I 2013–, Deputy Fed. Chair. 1991–98, Christlich-Demokratische Union Chair. Fed. State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 1993–2000, Gen. Sec. Christlich-Demokratische Union 1998–2000, Chair. 2000–18, 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: numerous honours including 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, (Catholic Univ. of Leuven) 2017, (Univ. of Ghent ) 2017, (Univ. of Haifa) 2018, (Harvard Univ.) 2019; named a Hero of the Environment 2007, Charlemagne Prize for distinguished services to European unity 2008; Presidential Medal of Freedom (USA) 2011, Jawaharlal Nehru Award 2011, Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace 2013, Presidential Award of Distinction (Israel) 2014, Four Freedoms Awards Freedom Medal 2016, Eugen Bolz Prize 2017, Elie Wiesel Award 2017, Lamp of Peace 2018, J. William Fulbright Prize for Int. Understanding 2018, WJC Theodor Herzl Award 2019, Henry A. Kissinger Prize 2020, European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma 2021

Publications include: 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, I believe in that: Christian points of view 2013

Leisure interests: reading, hiking, gardening

Contact details: Address: Office of the Federal Chancellery, Willy-Brandt-str. 1, 10557 Berlin, Germany (office); Tel: (30) 182722720 (office); Email: [email protected] (office); Website: (office); Website: .

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