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The Success Story of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel

A strong political figure, a world class figure and achiever. This sounds like a beautiful combo isn’t it? Angela Merkel born July 1954 is the German politician who has been serving as chancellor of Germany since 2005. She is also the leader of the Centre-right christian Democratic Union (CDU) since the year 2000. Merkel has widely and severally been described as the de facto leader of the European Union. She has also severally conferred the most powerful woman in the world, and the leader of the Free World. She is an epitome of success and undoubtedly a role model every politician or leader should follow. We have researched here for you Angela Merkel success story. How she emerged progressively from an ordinary woman to a world class politician.

Synopses-Angela Merkel success story

Angela Dorothea Merkel is the first woman to be the Chancellor of Germany. She is a  German politician and former research scientist.

Angela Merkel-Angela Merkel success story

Angela Merkel-Angela Merkel success story

A dynamic personality, Merkel has been ranked in the world’s most powerful person. That is in the list by Forbes for the ninth time. Presently, the Senior G7 leader, Merkel is the longest incumbent head of Government in the European Union.

Childhood-Angela Merkel success story

Born on 17 July 1954, in Hamburg, West Germany, to Horst Kasner and Herlind, Merkel was Angela Dorothea Kasner. Her mother was also a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Merkel has been a member of the Free German Youth (FDJ), a voluntary organisation.

Merkel mastered the Russian language while in school. She has studied Physics in Templin at the University of Leipzig. She also studied as well as worked at  Central Institute for Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin-Adlershof.  Merkel has done her PhD in Quantum Chemistry.

Angela Merkel-Angela Merkel success story

Political Career-Angela Merkel success story

Always the leader, Merkel was selected as member of the FDJ District Board. She was also selected as  the Secretary for the “Agitprop” at the Academy of Sciences. Merkel’s stint with politics started when she participated in the mounting democratic movement. She worked as Deputy Spokesperson of the first democratically elected East German Government. She was also later elected to the Bundestag for Stralsund-Nordvorpommern-Rügen in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State.





Merkel has also occupied the chair of the Minister for Youth and Women. In fact, she was the first woman to win as the Minister for Environment and Nuclear Safety. Merkel went on to become Germany’s first female Chancellor, after the 2005 Federal elections.

Merkel has touched the skies, moving from achievement to achievement. She was the second woman to chair the G8, as President of the European Council.

Merkel from occupying the position of Secretary-General of the CDU became the first woman leader of a German party. This was in the year 2000. She gained fast popularity with the public. Merkel’s political career saw a new high, when she took over as the Chancellor of Germany in the year 2005.





It has been a priority with Merkel to strengthen the transatlantic economic relations. She has received  the great honor of being received at the airport, on her visit to Israel.  This was by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert himself, an honor guard. It also included several religious, political leaders and Israeli cabinet ministers.

Merkel’s relationship with India was also worthy of mention. The Indian Government had presented the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding (2009) to Merkel.

Angela Merkel-Angela Merkel success story

Angela Merkel-Angela Merkel success story

Personal Life-Angela Merkel success story

Angela Kasner married Ulrich Merkel, a physics student in the year 1977. But five years down the line, Merkel divorced her husband. Merkel married to Joachim Sauer. Joachim was a quantum chemist and professor and they are presently living together. Angela and Joachim do not have children.  Sauer however has two sons from his previous marriage. Merkel is an avid Football fan. She suffered a pelvic bone fracture during a cross-country skiing expedition in Switzerland in the year 2014.

Recognitions-Angela Merkel success story

Angela Merkel equally has an impressive list of awards and honours to her credit. She has received  Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Other awards include Special Class, The President’s Medal (Israel), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (United States), to mention a few. Among her other achievements, Merkel has received the Heinz Galinski Award in Berlin (Germany). And also Indira Gandhi Peace Prize (India). This was in the year 2012 and 2013 respectively. She has time and again made it in the Forbes magazine list of most powerful people.





Merkel has an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. More recently in the September month of 2015, she  received the title Doctor Honoris Causa. 

It may also be interesting to know that Angela Merkel has played the role of the protagonist in two plays. This was in the movie;  the European trilogy; Bruges, Antwerp and Tervuren.

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