Who is Angela Merkel? (1954 – present)

  • German politician, former research scientist, leader of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000 + Chancellor of Germany since 2005.
  • Champions austerity i.e. budget discipline as only way of restoring European financial stability.
  • Described as the de facto leader of the European Union and named by Forbes Magazine in 2014 as the most powerful woman in the world.
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