80 Facts About Angela Merkel

1. Angela Merkel warned against naivete when the conversation turned to Japan's uneasy neighbor North Korea.

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2. Angela Merkel told students that Japan planned to focus heavily on reforms of the World Trade Organization during its time as the holder of the G20 presidency.

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3. Angela Merkel left Tokyo's Imperial Palace bound for an event with students at the city's Keio University.

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4. Angela Merkel called on EU leaders last month to shape the process of the UK's separation from the Europe in a "responsible way.

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5. Angela Merkel said she would do what she could to avoid a disruptive Brexit scenario.

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6. Angela Merkel made the announcement in a video Friday on her Facebook page, which has more than 2.5 million likes.

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7. Angela Merkel previously lied to the German Parliament, claiming that when two thirds of the UN General Assembly votes to support something, that it is binding on all nations.

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8. Angela Merkel became chancellor, the first woman and the first E German after unification to do so.

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9. Angela Merkel earns consistently high marks in public opinion polls, receiving the highest approval ratings among all postWorld War II German chancellors.

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10. Angela Merkel became the first politician from the former East to become a government minister in a newly reunited Germany.

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11. Angela Merkel was raised as the eldest of three children in the Brandenburg city of Templin.

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12. Angela Merkel became the first woman ever to lead Germany as chancellor.

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13. On November 22, 2005, Angela Merkel took office as chancellor, becoming the first woman, the first East German, and, at age 51, the youngest person to date to hold the office.

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14. Angela Merkel became deputy spokesperson of the government of Lothar de Maiziere.

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15. Angela Merkel was reelected for a fourth term as chancellor in September 2017.

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16. Angela Merkel became the first former citizen of the German Democratic Republic to lead the reunited Germany and the first woman to lead Germany since it became a modern nation-state in 1871.

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17. In 2000, Angela Merkel was chosen party leader, but she lost the CDU candidacy for chancellor to Edmund Stoiber in 2002.

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18. Angela Merkel is famous as the first female Chancellor in Germany.

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19. Angela Merkel worked as a bartender at disco parties in college.

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20. Angela Merkel expressed deep regret about ongoing anti-Semitism among Germans, as well as hatred of Jews among Muslim migrants and a hatred of Israel that she said could not be tolerated.

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21. Angela Merkel supports the formation of a European army, first put forward by French President Emmanuel Macron.

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22. Angela Merkel was raised in the former East Germany and holds a doctorate in quantum chemistry.

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23. In 2018, Angela Merkel was named the most powerful woman in the world for a record fourteenth time by Forbes.

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24. In 2006, Angela Merkel expressed concern about overreliance on Russian energy, but she received little support from others in Berlin.

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25. In 1954, when Angela Merkel was just three months old, her father received a pastorate at the church in Quitzow, which was then in East Germany.

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26. Since the mid 1990s, Angela Merkel has publicly mentioned her Polish heritage on several occasions and described herself as a quarter Polish, but her Polish roots became better known as a result of a 2013 biography.

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27. Angela Merkel married Merkel's grandmother Margarethe, a German from Berlin, and relocated to her hometown where he worked in the police.

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28. Angela Merkel told EU leaders that they should one day consider "a real, true European army" just days after Donald Trump hit out at French President Emmanuel Macron over the same idea.

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29. Angela Merkel argues for the creation of a common European army.

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30. Angela Merkel has said she would not be seeking a new term as CDU leader, prompting many to doubt her future as chancellor.

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31. Angela Merkel tells people of Chemnitz: Don't let haters set the agenda.

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32. Angela Merkel speaks during a forum hosted by the Chemnitz Freie Presse newspaper.

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33. Angela Merkel has told German MPs that the question of migration could decide the fate of the EU.

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34. Angela Merkel fights for future in parliament as EU migration summit beckons.

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35. Angela Merkel is expected to win her fourth term as German Chancellor.

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36. Angela Merkel supports the idea of creating a unified European army.

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37. Angela Merkel has called for the creation of a "real, true" European army, echoing a similar call by her French counterpart last week.

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38. Angela Merkel calls for creation of 'real, true' EU army.

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39. Angela Merkel calls for creation of a 'true European army'.

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40. Angela Merkel took a break from global affairs at the centenary of the end of World War One to clear up a case of mistaken identity.

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41. Angela Merkel forced to explain to 101-year-old French woman that she is not Macron's wife.

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42. Angela Merkel addressed a remembrance ceremony at a synagogue in Berlin to mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

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43. In July 2014 Angela Merkel said trust between Germany and the United States could only be restored by talks between the two, and she would seek to have talks.

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44. Angela Merkel compared the NSA to the Stasi when it became known that her mobile phone was tapped by that agency.

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45. In July 2013, Angela Merkel defended the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency, and described the United States as "our truest ally throughout the decades".

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46. Angela Merkel has been criticised for being personally present and involved at the M100 Media Award handover to Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who had triggered the Muhammad cartoons controversy.

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47. In 2012, Angela Merkel said, regarding her faith: "I am a member of the evangelical church.

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48. Angela Merkel has a fear of dogs after being attacked by one in 1995.

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49. On 29 October 2018, Angela Merkel announced that she would not seek reelection as leader of CDU at their party conference in December 2018, but intends to remain as chancellor until 2021, when the next German federal election, at the latest, is to be held.

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50. In May 2016, Angela Merkel was named the most powerful woman in the world for a record twelve time by Forbes.

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51. In December 2015, Angela Merkel was named as Time magazine's Person of the Year, with the magazine's cover declaring her to be the "Chancellor of the Free World".

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52. On 26 March 2014, Angela Merkel became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union.

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53. The third Cabinet of Angela Merkel was sworn in on 17 December 2013.

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54. The second Cabinet of Angela Merkel was sworn in on 28 October 2009.

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55. In June 2018, Angela Merkel said that there had been "no moral or political justification" for the post-war expulsion of ethnic Germans from Central and Eastern European countries.

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56. In June 2017, Angela Merkel criticized the draft of new US sanctions against Russia that target EU–Russia energy projects, including Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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57. In 2006 Angela Merkel expressed concern about overreliance on Russian energy, but she received little support from others in Berlin.

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58. On 25 September 2007, Angela Merkel met the 14th Dalai Lama for "private and informal talks" in the Chancellery in Berlin amid protest from China.

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59. Angela Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union throughout her tenure as Chancellor.

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60. In October 2010, Angela Merkel told a meeting of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union party at Potsdam that attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany had "utterly failed", stating that: "The concept that we are now living side by side and are happy about it" does not work and "we feel attached to the Christian concept of mankind, that is what defines us.

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61. In the 2017 election, Angela Merkel led her party to victory for the fourth time.

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62. Angela Merkel was elected Chancellor by the majority of delegates in the newly assembled Bundestag on 22 November 2005, but 51 members of the governing coalition voted against her.

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63. Angela Merkel argued that Germany should phase out nuclear power less quickly than the Schroder administration had planned.

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64. Angela Merkel supported a substantial reform agenda for Germany's economic and social system, and was considered more pro-market than her own party.

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65. Angela Merkel had impressed de Maiziere with her adept dealing with journalists questioning the role of a party leader, Wolfgang Schnur, as a secret informant for police.

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66. Angela Merkel worked and studied at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin-Adlershof from 1978 to 1990.

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67. Angela Merkel was educated at Karl Marx University, Leipzig, where she studied physics from 1973 to 1978.

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68. In 1968, Angela Merkel joined the Free German Youth, the official communist youth movement sponsored by the ruling Marxist–Leninist Socialist Unity Party of Germany.

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69. Since the mid 1990s Angela Merkel has publicly mentioned her Polish heritage on several occasions and described herself as a quarter Polish, but her Polish roots became better known as a result of a 2013 biography.

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70. In her childhood and youth, Angela Merkel was known among her peers by the nickname "Kasi", derived from her last name Kasner.

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71. In October 2018, Angela Merkel announced that she would not seek reelection as leader of the CDU at the party convention in December 2018 and as Chancellor in 2021.

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72. On 26 March 2014, Angela Merkel became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union and she is currently the senior G7 leader.

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73. In 2007, Angela Merkel was President of the European Council and played a central role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration.

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74. As the protegee of Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Angela Merkel was appointed as the Federal Minister for Women and Youth in Kohl's government in 1991, and became the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in 1994.

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75. Angela Merkel entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989, and briefly served as a deputy spokesperson for the first democratically elected East German Government headed by Lothar de Maiziere in 1990.

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76. Angela Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world, and the leader of the Free World.

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77. Angela Merkel announced Monday she will not seek re-election in December as party chairperson—nor will she seek re-election as Germany's chancellor when her term expires in 2021, multiple outlets reported.

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78. Angela Merkel will not seek re-election as chair of Germany's ruling CDU party, effectively standing down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, a post she has held for 18 years, after a disastrous performance by her party in regional elections in.

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79. Angela Merkel will not seek reelection as Germany's Chancellor in 2021 and will step down as the chair of her party this December, she announced on Monday, kickstarting a race among senior figures to be her successor.

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80. Angela Merkel announced she will not seek re-election as German Chancellor.

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