The world’s most powerful woman earned her Ph.D. in quantum physics, presides over the richest economy in Europe, and was the central broker in a massive euro-bailout deal.
In short, when the chips are down, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is the undisputed leader Europeans turn to.
In honor of the Bundeskanzlerin birthday, here’s the story of Merkel’s rise from humble beginnings under an oppressive East German regime to the top spot as Germany’s leader.
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Angela Kasner was born in Hamburg, West Germany, on July 17, 1954.
Angela Dorothea Kasner was born to Herlind Kasner, an English and Latin teacher, and Horst Kasner, a theologian and Lutheran minister.
A few weeks after she was born, her father moved the family to Templin, in East Germany, about an hour from Berlin.
Merkel’s childhood was shaped by the Stasi, or secret police. The Stasi made people paranoid. Merkel learned early on to keep her cards close to her chest.
Source: The Making of Merkel, BBC
A perfectionist by nature, she excelled in her studies.
She excelled in academics, …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics