Angela Merkel - biographyAngela Dorothea Merkel (née Kasner) is an influential European politician, head of the German Federal Government, who has become the only female chancellor in the country's history.
The European Iron Lady, as she is called in the media, became the fourth Chancellor and broke the record of being at the top of power set by Margaret Thatcher, who had served as prime minister of Great Britain for 11 years. A number of political experts believe that in 2019 Merkel could leave her position and lead the European Council, replacing Donald Tusk.
Childhood and youthThe future "defender of Western liberalism" was born on July 17, 1954, in West Germany. When Angela was still a baby, her family moved to the GDR, after her father, a Lutheran clergyman Horst Kasner, received a pastorate in Perleberg. He is a native of Berlin with Polish roots. The native city of Angela’s mother, a teacher of English and Latin named Herlind, née Jentzsch, was Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland).
Career developmentDuring the historical events and the fall of the Berlin Wall, so fateful for the Germans, the young scholar joined the popular political force “Democratic Awakening”, which mainly consisted of church leaders. In 1990, she became a member of the government staff of the GDR and exercised her new capacity at many meetings held during the preparation to the accession of the eastern part of Germany. In August, the “Democratic Awakening” became part of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
In foreign policy, she tried to maintain smooth relations with all partners, but she considered priority cooperation with the United States. She has repeatedly demonstrated her character in making important decisions, including the issues of Greek public debt, Britain’s exit from the EU, and refugee integration problems. She established a good working relationship with the Russian Federation, although she had previously expressed critical criticism of Schröder’s “excessive” friendship with Putin.