Good-bye Dr. Angela Merkel!
Dr. Angela Merkel was Federal Chancellor from 2005 till 2021. She focused on international cooperation with partners in the eurozone and outside it. She believes in budgetary discipline, solidarity and incentives for more growth. France was and is a particularly important partner.
Having earned a doctorate as a physical chemist, Merkel entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989.
Merkel has been described as the de facto leader of the European Union. Merkel appeared on the Forbes Magazine's List of The World's Most Powerful People as the world's second most powerful person, selected by Forbes magazine in 2012 and 2015. In December 2015, Merkel was named as Time magazine's Person of the Year, with the magazine's cover declaring her to be the "Chancellor of the Free World." On 26 March 2014, Merkel became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union. Merkel served as Senior G7 leader. In May 2015, Merkel was named the most powerful woman in the world for a record ninth time by Forbes.[/left]