European Union Politicians Essay

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Being a pastor’s daughter from East- Germany without having a constituency of her own, was always one of many reasons why Angela Merkel was commonly underestimated. Affable, professorial and not particularly charismatic, Angela Merkel always had to bite her way through. But the simple fact that Merkel, who was appointed head of the German government in 2005, managed to come this far in mere fifteen years, competing against the old male guard of West German politics, should be a warning against underestimating her. It is undisputable that Merkel, who is considered to be the most powerful woman of our time, has surprised many observers with her toughness and her leadership style. Angela Merkel’s road to success began after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, when she was still employed at the Institute for Physical Chemistry in the Academy of Sciences in East Berlin. Born on July 17th 1954 in Hamburg, West- Germany, Merkel was only a couple of months old when her father was given a parish in the small town of Quitzow in the East- Berlin. Thus, she grew up in a rural area outside of Berlin in the socialist east, and showed a great talent for math, science and languages. Coming from a lower- middle class family background, Merkel joined at school age the socialist regime’s youth movement Free German Youth (FDJ). After graduating from High- School, Merkel studied physics in the University of Leipzig. Afterwards, she continued her studies at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry in the Academy of Sciences in East Berlin, where she kept working in research. In 1986, she was awarded with a doctorate in quantum physics. Before Merkel moved to East- Berlin, she married the physicist Ulrich Merkel, from whom she divorced in 1982. In 1989 she became involved in the growing democracy movement and she joined the “Demokratischer Aufbruch” Party (Democratic
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