Angel Merkel, the first-ever female chancellor and she remained so for over 13 years. Not only will she be a major chapter in German’s books of record but she rose to become one of the worlds most influential leaders of thlast decade.

As late as this morning, most German Christian Democrats believed that at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party conference in December the Old leader would also be the new CDU leader: Angela Merkel.

Half a day later, it is all but certain that Merkel will no longer take office

However, the German chancellor wants to remain head of government until the end of the legislative period.

Merkel has given the CPU the freedom of selecting new personnel, something that has seldom existed for the first time since 2002.

One thing is certain: nobody can predict how this might end.

Merkel’s extraordinary and lengthy career will be remembered for a long time by German and Europeean leaders.

“I don’t want to be a half-dead wreck when I leave politics,” she had said before becoming chancellor, and lately Merkel, and her coalition, look tired. Source RTnews Angel Merkel speech

On January 18, 1991, the 36 year-old member of Parliament Angela Merkel was sworn in as federal minister for women and youth in the cabinet by Federal Chancellor Helmet Kohl.

This was Merkel’s first major political position.

Her term in office resulted in the Equal Opportunities Act, which aimed at improving the status of women professionals.

Angela Merkel was also responsible for ensuring that every child in Germany has legal right to have a place in a knlinderghaten which was a major step forward for mothers and fathers in West German federal regions at the time.

During this time she also attended the first UN Climate conference in Berlin in 1995, which was the country’s first commitment to international CO2 reduction. Angela Merke became deputy chairlady of the CDU in 1991 and rose to take the lead the party by 2000.

After the 2002 Bundestag elections, she also became the chairlady of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary group in the German Bundestag.

As the leader of the opposition, she pushed through changes to the schroder government economic reform plan, ‘Agenda 2010’, in Parliament and was a part of the mediation process between the Bundesrat (federal Council of Germany).

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The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

First female German female German chancellor since(2005)

In the early Bundestag elections in September 2005, Angela Merkel beat then Social Democratic Chancellor Gerhard Schroder.

One of her first major task in office came in 2010 in the form of the European Debt Crisis, when several Eurozone member L states were unable to repay or refinance their government debt.

Merkel’s policies and actions reacting to the crises solidified German’s status as a central character, or primary leader, in the European Union.

Budgetary discipline, solidarity and incentives for more growth were Merkel’s mantra.

Following the Fukushima reactor disaster, the German government decided to entirely phase out nuclear energy.

In order to push ahead with the energy revolution, the expansion of the grid was accelerated and renewable energies were promoted by the CDU/CSU government


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