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Take Me to Your Leader: Germany


Angela Merkel, 52, is the German Chancellor and first female leader of Germany. She ranked number one on the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful Women 2007.

At the 2007 Group of Eight ( G8 ) summit, Angela kept her fellow world-leaders focused on the agenda of climate change and poverty. As rotating head of the European Union, she led the way in creating a new European treaty. At home in Germany she enjoys approval ratings as high as 75 percent, and presides over declining unemployment and healthy economic growth.

Before the fall of the Berlin Wall and unification of Germany, Angela lived in East Germany working as a scientist. While living in communist East Germany, Angela never participated in public life. Yet, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, she joined the Christian Democratic Union of East Germany (a political party). By 2000 she had been elected chairperson of the CDU and in 2005 the German people elected Angela as their chancellor.

You might remember Angela from her infamously awkward encounter with George W. Bush in 2006. For a video clip to refresh your memory, read more!

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