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Angela Merkel

b 17 July 1954

German Christian Democrat politician, physicist, first woman Chancellor (2005).

 

There are 35 years of the GDR (German Democratic Republic) in me, and six weeks of Hamburg. I became a politician when the wall opened.

Daily Telegraph 24 May 2005

 

If you want to be constructive in politics, the less you look back, the better. If you do look back, then it can only be to learn for yourself through the events that have taken place.

 

Everyone wants a more simple tax system. But if this means that certain tax breaks have to be cut, people are no longer so enthusiastic.

 

In a big party it is important to have the necessary and often controversial discussions on policy issues such as the health system while in opposition.

 

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

 

We must never forget our responsibilities as politicians to our country and its citizens. We must always remain humble before our people.

 

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