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Angela Merkel

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Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany since 2005, is both the first woman and the first East German to hold this office. In 1990, shortly before Germany's reunification, she became a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Later that year, she was made the minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (1991-1994), and was later made minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (1994–1998). In 2000, Merkel was elected head of the CDU, becoming the first woman and the first non-Catholic to lead the party. She was also the first CDU leader to come from the party's liberal wing. Merkel was elected chancellor in 2005 and served as the president of the European Council and chair of the G8 in 2007. As head of the EU's most economically stable country, Chancellor Merkel has been a key figure in the European debt crisis and continues to grapple with issues within the Eurozone.
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