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Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel - German politician, Chancellor of Germany.

Born on July 17, 1954 in Hamburg.

The family will answer journalistic questions tonight for the first time since retiring from politics, DPA reported, quoted by BTA. 

Among other things, her comments on her policy towards Russia and her relationship with President Vladimir Putin amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine are eagerly awaited, the agency said.

According to the invitation, the 67-year-old Merkel wants to take a position on "the challenging issues of our time" in a conversation with the reporter of the German magazine "Spiegel" Alexander Osang.

The event is organized by Aufbau Publishing House and the Berliner Ensemble. 

Merkel resigned after last year's parliamentary elections.

She was Chancellor of Germany from 2005 to 2021. 

Merkel calls Russia's attack on Ukraine "blatant violation of international law"

In recent months, Merkel has said she does not want to speak in public because she has resigned as a leader who should not intervene after being out of the political process.

Last week, she finally said she supported all efforts by the German government, the EU, the United States, NATO, the G7 and the United Nations to "stop this barbaric aggressive war by Russia".

During her tenure, Merkel has always sought to prevent the thread from communicating with Putin, despite her personal dislike of the Russian leader, according to the DPA, but her work on the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 pipeline has come under much criticism. due to the growing German dependence on Moscow, the agency explains.

Other topics that are expected to be raised tonight are Merkel's work since leaving the post of chancellor and her plans for the future.

Angela Merkel