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Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany

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Chancellor of Germany

Angela Merkel was elected to the office of Chancellor of Germany , November 22, 2005 and has been the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000. Chancellor is the first female to hold either office.   Merkel initially trained as a physical chemist entered politics during the wake of the Revolutions of 1989 briefly serving as deputy spokesperson  for the Eastern German Government. Following reunification in 1990, Merkel was elected Bundestag for Stralsund-Nordvorpommern-Rügen a position that she still resides in since her election. Merkel is credited with with playing a key role in the financial crisis at the European and International level. She played a central role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration.  One of her priorities was to strengthen transatlantic economic relations by signing the agreement for the  Transatlantic Economic Council in 2007. In domestic policy the majority of her tenure has been spent on healthcare reform and problems concerning future energy development. Forbes magazine ranks Angela Merkel  as the second highest world’s most powerful person which is the highest ranking ever achieved by a woman.

 

Horst Koehler Resigns as the President of Germany

Horst Köhler -  President of Germany from 2004 to 2010
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On 31 May 2010, Köhler announced his resignation as President of Germany.[4] This came after German politicians criticised comments made by Köhler in relation to overseas military deployments:[5]