Angela Merkel, German chancellor from 2005 to 2021 has been held in high esteem at home and abroad.
Angela Merkel was born in Hamburg on July 17, 1954, as the son of a Protestant pastor, who moved his family to East Germany. Merkel, a trained physicist, was chair of the Christian Democratic Union from 2000 to 2018. Merkel entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989, following German reunification in 1990, Merkel was elected to the Bundestag and appointed as Minister for Women and Youth in 1991, later becoming Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in 1994. Here you can find all DW content on Angela Merkel.
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Olaf Scholz is the Social Democrats' candidate as German chancellor to succeed Angela Merkel. There is no doubting his experience — and he is known for his ability to handle a crisis. But many say something is missing.