Interesting Fact!!!<br />Angela Merkel is the first female chancellor of Germany.<br />
Childhood<br />Angela is believed to have started life as a small girl.<br />She was born in Hamburg in 1954, but moved to Eastern Germany as a baby.<br />The first Chancellor to have grown up in the Soviet East.<br />Merkel may have looked similar to this child.<br />
Interesting Fact!!!<br />Angela Merkel gained a Doctorate in Physics in 1978, before beginning her political career.<br />
First Attempt At European Integration: Unification Begins At Home<br />
Unification Begins At Home<br />Merkel was involved in the East German democratic movement from its early beginnings.<br />Deputy Spokesperson for the first democratically elected government in East Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall.<br />Represented her local constituency in the first unified German government, in 1990.<br />
Government Ahoy!<br />In 1994, Merkel became the youngest cabinet minister in Helmut Kohl’s government, responsible for Women and Youth, and then Environment and Nuclear Safety.<br />
Controversy Ensues!<br />Merkel shows a devious side and thwarts Kohl for leadership of the CDU in 2000.<br />A surprising choice of leader for the traditionally conservative party.<br />Merkel may have used this karate chop to take control of the party.<br />Chancellor in 2005 when CDU win the election.<br />
Interesting Fact!!!<br />Merkel is only the second woman, following Margaret Thatcher, to chair the G8.<br />
Wider European IntegrationMerkel and the Lisbon Treaty<br />
Wider European Integration<br />Merkel’s government was in charge when Germany took over the rotating EU presidency in 2007.<br />Sick of all this fuss about a constitution being dragged out, so set a deadline of mid-2009 for a Treaty to be implemented.<br />Message we can take from this?<br />Germans = Efficiency<br />
The Lisbon Treaty<br />Reforms systems within the EU, makes the EU’s human rights charter legally binding and creates new roles in the EU’s foreign policy area.<br />Effectively makes the EU more centralised and integrated.<br />See if you can find the EU’s foreign policy area in the diagram above.<br />
The Lisbon Treaty<br /><ul><li>Amends other treaties, such as Maastrict (1992) and Rome (1957).
Came into force December 1, 2009, once Ireland had agreed.</li></li></ul><li>Merkel And The Treaty<br />In 2006, even before the Lisbon Treaty, Merkel was given the Vision for Europe Award.<br />Merkel’s insistence at having a deadline and lobbying of member states ensured that the Treaty was finally signed, once Ireland agreed, in 2009.<br />Merkel was recognised for her work on the Lisbon Treaty by being awarded the Charlemagne Prize in 2008.<br />
Interesting Fact!!!<br />Merkel topped Forbes magazine's list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.<br />
Angela Merkel, a Russian-speaking, politically overbearing and extremely efficient German physicist, has had an essential role in integrating Europe in the last 20 years.<br />As she has moved through the political landscape in her native Germany, she has been an influential symbol of her nation’s reunification.<br />Summary<br />
<ul><li>As German Chancellor for the last five years, she has pushed for greater unification with her European neighbours.
Her role within the EU has seen her become a key instigator of the Lisbon Treaty and its effects.
I am not entirely sure if we should be in awe of this woman, or terrified of what she might do next.</li></ul>Summary<br />