"It is nonsense to say that Germans are unable to change." - Angela Merkel
To some, the term "Leader of the Free World" refers to whoever the current United States president is. To many outside the United States, the term refers to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel has been involved in German politics since the 1990s, and in 2000 she was elected as leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union. In 2005 she was appointed chancellor and has held the position ever since (though she has stated that she will not seek reelection in 2021). Merkel comes from a scientific background, holding a doctorate in quantum chemistry from Leipzig University. Angela Merkel has received many honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2010.