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Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor on November 22, 2005. She is the first woman and the first East German to hold this office. Her CV traces the most important milestones on her way to taking this office.

Angela Merkel

Kanzlerin Angela Merkel

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Angela Merkel was born in Hamburg on 17 July 1954. She is a Protestant Christian and is married to Joachim Sauer.

Abitur (higher education entrance qualification) in Templin
1973 - 1978
Studied Physics at Leipzig University
1978 - 1990
Member of the academic staff at the Central Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences
Awarded a doctorate
Member of "Demokratischer Aufbruch" (Democratic Awakening)
since 1990
Member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
Deputy Government Spokeswoman of the de Maizière Government in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)
since 1990
Member of the German Bundestag
1991 - 1998
Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU
1993 - 2000
Chairwoman of the CDU Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
1991 - 1994
Federal Minister for Women and Youth
1994 - 1998
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
1998 - 2000
General Secretary of the CDU Germany
2000 - 2018
Chairwoman of the CDU Germany
2002 - 2005
Chairwoman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag
since November 2005
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany