Birthdays are special, aren’t they? It is even more special when you share it with a woman who is often described as the most powerful woman in the world!
We are talking about Angela Merkel here, Angela Merkel, who has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005!
Merkel was born in Hamburg in then-West Germany, her family later moved to East Germany. She obtained a doctorate in quantum chemistry in 1986 and worked as a research scientist until 1989.
How did a person with a degree in quantum chemistry Merkel enter politics??
Merkel moved to politics, in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989, briefly serving as deputy spokesperson for the first democratically elected East German Government led by Lothar de Maizière. Following German reunification in 1990, Merkel was elected to the Bundestag for the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As the protégée of Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Merkel was appointed as Minister for Women and Youth in 1991, later becoming Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in 1994. After the CDU lost the 1998 federal election, Merkel was elected CDU General Secretary, before becoming the party's first female leader two years later in the aftermath of a donations scandal that toppled Wolfgang Schäuble.
Following the 2005 federal election, Merkel was appointed the first female Chancellor of Germany, leading a grand coalition consisting of the CDU, its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).At the 2017 federal election, Merkel led the CDU to become the largest party for the fourth time, and was sworn in for a joint-record fourth term as Chancellor on 14 March 2018.
Merkel has twice been named the world's second most powerful person following Vladimir Putin by Forbes magazine, the highest ranking ever achieved by a woman. On 26 March 2014, Merkel became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union.
Here are some interesting facts about Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel is Europe's longest-serving elected woman leader
Angela is an expert baker and cook
Angela's nickname is "Mutti"
She is deeply afraid of dogs
She is an accomplished impressionist
Angela kept her first husband's last name
She speaks fluent Russia