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Angela Merkel
Angela Dorothea Merkel (/ˈæŋɡələ ˈmɜːrkəl/; German: [aŋˈɡeːla ˈmɛʁkl̩];[a] née Kasner, born 17 July 1954) is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany
Chancellor of Germany
since 2005 and leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000.[7] Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world, and the leader of the Free World. Merkel was born in Hamburg
Hamburg
in then- West Germany
West Germany
and moved to East Germany
Germany
as an infant when her father, a Lutheran
Lutheran
clergyman, received a pastorate in Perleberg. She obtained a doctorate in quantum chemistry in 1986 and worked as a research scientist until 1989
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Armin Laschet
Armin is a given name or surname, and is:Name of Armenia
Armenia
as a province of the Achaemenid Empire
Achaemenid Empire
of Persia an ancient
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Incumbent
The incumbent is the current holder of a political office. This term is usually used in reference to elections, in which races can often be defined as being between an incumbent and non-incumbent(s). For example, in the Hungarian presidential election, 2017, János Áder was the incumbent, because he had been the president in the term before the term for which the election sought to determine the president
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Klaus Töpfer
Klaus Töpfer
Klaus Töpfer
(born 29 July 1938 in Waldenburg, Silesia) is a German politician (CDU) and environmental politics expert. From 1998 to 2006 he was executive director of the United Nations
United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP).Contents1 Early life and education 2 Early career 3 Political career 4 Other activities4.1 Corporate boards 4.2 Non-profit organizations5 References 6 External linksEarly life and education[edit] Töpfer studied economics in Mainz, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
and Münster. In 1968 he earned his doctorate at the University of Münster. Early career[edit] In 1971, Töpfer was appointed Head of Planning and Information of the Federal State of Saarland, a post he held until 1978
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European Union
The European Union
European Union
(EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. It has an area of 4,475,757 km2 (1,728,099 sq mi), and an estimated population of over 510 million. The EU has developed an internal single market through a standardised system of laws that apply in all member states
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Hamburg
Hamburg
Hamburg
(English: /ˈhæmbɜːrɡ/; German: [ˈhambʊɐ̯k] ( listen); locally: [ˈhambʊɪ̯ç] ( listen)), Low German/Low Saxon: Hamborg [ˈhambɔːç] ( listen), officially the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Hamburg
(German: Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg),[5] is the second-largest city of Germany
Germany
as well as one of the country's 16 constituent states, with a population of roughly 1.8 million people. The city lies at the core of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region
Hamburg Metropolitan Region
which spreads across four German federal states and is home to more than 5 million people. The official name reflects Hamburg's history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, a city-state and one of the 16 states of Germany. Before the 1871 Unification of Germany, it was a fully sovereign state
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Ursula Lehr
Ursula Lehr
Ursula Lehr
(born 5 June 1930)[1] is a German academic, age researcher and politician who served as federal minister of youth, family, women and health from 1989 to 1990
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Alma Mater
Alma mater
Alma mater
(Latin: alma "nourishing/kind", mater "mother"; pl. [rarely used] almae matres) is an allegorical Latin
Latin
phrase for a university or college. In English, this is largely a U.S. usage referring to a school or university from which an individual has graduated or to a song or hymn associated with a school.[1] The phrase is variously translated as "nourishing mother", "nursing mother", or "fostering mother", suggesting that a school provides intellectual nourishment to its students.[2] Fine arts will often depict educational institutions using a robed woman as a visual metaphor. Before its current usage, Alma mater
Alma mater
was an honorific title for various Latin
Latin
mother goddesses, especially Ceres or Cybele,[3] and later in Catholicism for the Virgin Mary
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West Germany
50°44′02″N 7°05′59″E / 50.73389°N 7.09972°E / 50.73389; 7.09972Coordinates: 50°44′02″N 7°05′59″E / 50.73389°N 7.09972°E / 50.73389; 7.09972Languages GermanGovernment Federal parliamentary constitutional republicPresident •  1949–1959 Theodor Heuss •  1959–1969 Heinrich Lübke •  1969–1974 Gustav Heinemann •  1974–1979 Walter Scheel •  1979–1984 Karl Carstens •  1984–1990 Richard von WeizsäckerbChancellor •  1949–1963 Konrad Adenauer •  1963–1966 Ludwig Erhard •  1966–1969 Kurt Georg Kiesinger •  1969–1974 Willy Brandt •  1974–1982 Helmut Schmidt •  1982–1990 Helmut KohlcLegislature BundestagHistorical era Cold War •  Formation 23 May 19
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Horst Köhler
Horst Köhler (German: [ˈhɔɐ̯st ˈkøːlɐ] ( listen); born 22 February 1943) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union, and served as President of Germany
President of Germany
from 2004 to 2010. As the candidate of the two Christian Democratic sister parties, the CDU and the CSU, and the liberal FDP, Köhler was elected to his first five-year term by the Federal Assembly on 23 May 2004 and was subsequently inaugurated on 1 July 2004. He was reelected to a second term on 23 May 2009
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Claudia Nolte
Claudia Nolte
Claudia Nolte
was born Claudia Wiesemüller on February 7, 1966 in Rostock, a town that then lay in East Germany. Nolte became a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU), becoming the youngest cabinet minister in German history whilst in office from 1994–98. She was Federal Minister for family, seniors, women and youth affairs and, by virtue of this office, presided over the European Union Council of Ministers. Claudia is a Catholic and is active in the Catholic community. She is married to investigative journalist David Crawford of CORRECT!V
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Bundestag
Government (399)Union (246)     CDU (200)      CSU (46)     SPD (153)Opposition parties (310)     AfD (92)      FDP (80)      The Left (69)      The Greens (67)      Non-inscrits (2)[a]ElectionsVoting system Mixed-member proportional representation
Mixed-member proportional representation
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Thomas Strobl
Thomas Strobl
Thomas Strobl
(born 17 March 1960 in Heilbronn) is a German politician. He is a member of the CDU party. Since 1998 he has been a member of the German Bundestag. In 2011 he was elected chairman of the CDU Baden-Württemberg, succeeding Stefan Mappus. In 2012 he was elected one of five vice federal chairmen of the CDU party in Germany.[1]Contents1 Early life and education1.1 Member of the Bundestag, 1998–2016 1.2 Baden-Württemberg's State Minister of the Interior, 2016–present2 Political positions 3 Other activities3.1 Corporate boards 3.2 Other profits4 Recognition 5 Personal life 6 External links 7 ReferencesEarly life and education[edit] Strobl grew up in Heilbronn. After high school diploma he studied law at Heidelberg University
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Merkel (other)
Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel
(born 1954) has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005. Merkel may also refer to:Merkel (surname) Merkel (firearms manufacturer) Merkel, Texas, United StatesSee also[edit]Flying Merkel, motor cycle of the US-American company Merkel Merkel cells in the skin Merkel cell
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Democratic Awakening
Democratic Awakening
Democratic Awakening
(German: Demokratischer Aufbruch) was an East German political movement and political party that was active during the Fall of Communism
Fall of Communism
and in the period leading up to the German reunification. While it was a relatively minor party, it took part in the first democratically elected government in East Germany
East Germany
in 1990, and is especially known because future Chancellor of Germany
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel started her political career within the party. It was founded in October 1989, based on existing politically active church groups. Founding members included Wolfgang Schnur, Friedrich Schorlemmer, Rainer Eppelmann, Günter Nooke
Günter Nooke
and Thomas Welz. The organisation became a political party on December 16/17, 1989 in Leipzig
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Volker Bouffier
Volker Bouffier
Volker Bouffier
(born 18 December 1951 in Giessen) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Since 31 August 2010 he has been Minister President of the German state of Hesse. From 1 November 2014 until 31 October 2015 he was President of the Bundesrat and ex officio deputy to the President of Germany. He has been chairman of CDU in Hesse
Hesse
since July 2010. From 1999 to 2010, he was minister of interior and sports in the state of Hesse. Bouffier is a lawyer by profession.Contents1 Early life and career 2 Political career 3 Other activities3.1 Corporate boards 3.2 Non-profit organizations4 Controversy 5 ReferencesEarly life and career[edit] Bouffier grew up in Giessen
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