Angela Merkel Fast FactsBy CNN LibraryUpdated 9:23 AM ET, Sat July 5, 2014In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosIn photos: Rising to the top – German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses supporters at the party headquarters in Berlin on Sunday, September 22, 2013, after securing a third consecutive term as chancellor. Hide Caption 1 of 11In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosIn photos: Rising to the top – The election results showed again that she is one of the most popular politicians in Germany. Flip through these images to see her career in the making.Hide Caption 2 of 11In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosScience years – Merkel originally trained as a physicist. This picture, taken in 1989, shows her with her now husband, Joachim Sauer, and quantum chemistry professor Malgorzata Jeziorska during a summer school in the Polish city of Bachotek.Hide Caption 3 of 11In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosLeader of the opposition – Merkel meets Alan Greenspan, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve as the leader of Germany's opposition in April 2001.Hide Caption 4 of 11In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosSworn in – November 22, 2005: Merkel is sworn in as Germany's chancellor. She became the first woman, the first East German and the youngest person to lead modern Germany. Hide Caption 5 of 11In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosFirst European summit – December 2005: Merkel takes part in her first big European summit. According to her biographer, she stayed at work until 3 a.m., making sure an agreement was reached. Hide Caption 6 of 11In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosPutin's unpleasant surprise – Merkel has reportedly been afraid of dogs since she was bitten by one in 1995. Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently aware of her dislike of the animals, made headlines by bringing his pet Labrador Koni into a meeting with Merkel in 2007. Hide Caption 7 of 11In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosThe power suit – The famous trouser suit: Merkel presents U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a German newspaper's front page photo of their trouser-suited hips in 2011.Hide Caption 8 of 11In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosWith husband Joachim Sauer – Merkel shares a passion for opera with her camera-shy husband, Joachim Sauer. Here they are pictured arriving for the opening of the Bayreuth Wagner Opera Festival in July 2012.Hide Caption 9 of 11In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosFootball fan – A big football fan, Merkel celebrates Germany scoring a goal against Greece during the Euro 2012 football championships quarter-final match in Gdansk .Hide Caption 10 of 11In photos: Rising to the top 11 photosMerkel Barbie – The 'Angela Merkel Barbie' was presented in March 2009 to mark Barbie's 50th birthday.Hide Caption 11 of 11Here's a look at the life of the first female chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.Personal:Birth Date: July 17, 1954Birth Place: Hamburg, GermanyBirth Name: Angela Dorothea KasnerFather: Horst Kasner, a Lutheran minister Mother: Herlind Kasner, an English teacherMarriages: Joachim Sauer (1998-present); Ulrich Merkel (1977-1982, divorced)Education: University of Leipzig, B.S., 1978; German Academy of Sciences, Ph. D, 1986Religion: LutheranOther Facts:Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl sometimes referred to her as "the girl."She is a former physicist.Timeline:1978-1990 - Research associate at Zentralinstitut fur physikalische Chemie in Berlin. 1990 - Becomes Press Officer for Demokratischer Aufbruch (DA or Democratic Awakening).December 1990 - Is elected to the German Bundestag.1991 - Is named Minister of Women and Young People by Chancellor Helmut Kohl and becomes Deputy Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).1994 - Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.1998 - General Secretary of the CDU.April 10, 2000 - Becomes the first female chairperson of the CDU.October 10, 2005 - Strikes a deal with Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats that will make her the first female Chancellor of Germany.November 22, 2005 - Is sworn in as the first female chancellor of Germany.January 13 and 16, 2006 - Meets President George W. Bush at the White House and President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.April 30, 2008 - Receives the Charlemagne Prize, the "Citizens' Prize for Services to European Unity."June 26, 2009 - Makes first visit to the United States under President Barack Obama's administration. September 27, 2009 - Is re-elected chancellor of Germany.February 15, 2011 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.June 17, 2011 - Meets with French President Nicholas Sarkozy to discuss a potential Greek bailout plan.December 5, 2011 - Meets with Sarkozy to announce their proposed plan to impose fiscal discipline on members of the European Union.September 22, 2013 - Merkel is re-elected chancellor of Germany.October 25, 2013 - In the wake of reports that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on her cell phone, an angry Merkel says, "true change is necessary," and "spying among friends is never acceptable."December 17, 2013 - Is sworn in for a third term as chancellor of Germany.More from europeUK opens inquiry into Russian spy Litvinenko's deathGreek F-16 crashes in Spain during NATO exercise, killing 11Surviving Auschwitz: 'I just wanted to live another day'