Angela Merkel, fully Angela Dorothea Merkel, née Kasner

Angela
Merkel, fully Angela Dorothea Merkel, née Kasner
1954

German Chancellor, Physical Chemist, Politician, President of the European Council, Chairperson of G8, Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union, Federal Minister for Women and Youth, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

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You have achieved a number of great results for which I congratulate you. You confirmed in an emphatic way that Germany remains one of the biggest winter sport nations.

Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn't the top priority.

We're saying this to both countries: We want a two-state solution. We want a Jewish state of Israel and alongside an independent Palestinian state. Unilateral measures are not helping at all to bring about this cause, and we agree that we wish to cooperate very closely on this, because as we both say, time is of the essence.

We will take care of every single person in our society. That is our task.

We urgently need a political change in Germany. You will only get that change with the CDU/CSU and the FDP.

We must do everything to say: priority for jobs.

We made clear that given the election result the Christian Democratic alliance (CDUCSU) is responsible for setting up the government.

We have set our aim to create a coalition that stands for new policies... We want to work together for the people of this country.

We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity - that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.

We can't constantly explain to our voters that taxpayers have to be on the hook for certain risks, rather than those who make a lot of money taking those risks

Today's vote underlined that as the strongest bloc in parliament, it is up to us to build a government. We are faced with a challenge that is difficult, but solvable.

Today's Russia is not to be compared with the Soviet Union of back then.

Thus, the focus on this main political goal must become more visible in EU politics and to achieve this, we need a political impulse. It must be clear what the priorities on the agenda are.

This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other has failed. Utterly failed.

This is the starting point for a journey together with a partner we have been locked in a deep struggle with for 40 years.

This is not about ritual, it about a deep conviction that a strong relationship between Germany and France is both necessary and beneficial to Europe.

This grand coalition would mean a standstill for Germany. I firmly believe that a grand coalition would not tackle anything that really would bring Germany ahead.

The willingness to learn new skills is very high.

The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fast enough.

The problem is, of course, that these interest groups are all asking for changes, but their enthusiasm for change rapidly disappears when it affects the core of their own interests.

The people in East Germany have lived through so many changes in the last 15 years like never before in the country, and they did this often with great enthusiasm. But in the West we also have a high degree of transformations.

The markets want to force us to do certain things. That we won't do. Politicians have to make sure that we're unassailable, that we can make policy for the people.

The euro is our common fate, and Europe is our common future.

That is why everyone in politics, and we do it, must make sure that they do not depend on one single interest group. A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.

Strengthen the CDU - that is important, because we want to be able to put a strong signature on the next government.

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First Name
Angela
Last Name
Merkel, fully Angela Dorothea Merkel, née Kasner
Birth Date
1954
Bio

German Chancellor, Physical Chemist, Politician, President of the European Council, Chairperson of G8, Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union, Federal Minister for Women and Youth, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety