Angela Merkel is born (July 17, 1954) - History Key

Angela Merkel is born (July 17, 1954)

On this day in 1954, one of the most influential politician leaders of the moment is born in a separate Germany, where the US or the Soviet influence felt for decades. Angela Dorothea Kaser was born in Hamburg, West Germany. Today she is the person who dictates the “formulas” and finds the “solutions” in solving one of the biggest “problems” of Europe: preserving the integrity of the European Union.

The Rise of Angela Merkel
The Rise of Angela Merkel © Image Source: Pinterest.com

Early life

Despite the fact that she was born in West Germany she had to move to Templin in Eastern Germany because her father, a Lutheran priest. Therefore she was “caught” in communist Germany and she was on the “red” side of the Berlin Wall. While in school she learned to speak Russian fluently and at the University of Leipzig she studied physics between 1973 and 1978.

Angela Kasner, 18, with friends at a New Year's Eve party in Berlin in 1972
Angela Kasner, 18, with friends at a New Year’s Eve party in Berlin in 1972 © Image Source: Time.com

In 1986 the German Academy of Science awarded her with the doctorate for her thesis on quantum chemistry. However, her scientific career ended in 1990 when she left the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry.

Politics

Her entrance in politics takes place with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 when she engaged in the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Two years later, the Chancellor Helmut Kohl gives her the seat of the Federal Minister for Women and Youth.

As the leader of the Christian Democratic Party since 2000, Merkel is running as Chancellor of Germany in 2002, but she loses. However in 2005 she succeeds after a very close fight against Gerhard Schroder. Angela Merkel becomes the first woman Chancellor of Germany, but also the first Chancellor born after WWII. Her decisions during the 2008 economic crisis save most of the German banks and manage to turn Germany into a real super power. Basically, Germany had the strongest economic recovery in Europe.

In 2009, Merkel wins her second term and one year later she turns becomes the leader to find the solution of the Greek crisis and preserve it in EU. Her prosperity in politics gives her another mandate in 2013 as Chancellor.

Even more, in 2014 during the Ukrainian crisis she manage to confront Vladimir Putin to stop the war. Recently, despite the contrary wishes of her party, Merkel opens the Germany doors to a large number of immigrants from the Middle East and urges the European leaders to do the same.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel, 2007
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel, 2007 © Image Source: time.com

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