Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel turns 52 on July 17th. It will be her first birthday since she took office last year. She is married to Joachim Sauer, a professor of quantum mechanics. Mrs. Merkel’s husband apparently loathes being in the spotlight. Last November he did not even attend the ceremony on which his wife was sworn in as the new Chancellor. They have been man and wife since 1998. Angela Merkel divorced her first husband, Ulrich Merkel, in 1988. She has no children.
As for her style, Angela Merkel used to have a motto that read: “Those who have something to say need no makeup.” She followed the motto pretty accurately in the past. She used no makeup, wore baggy clothes, and her hair looked unkempt at some of the pictures. But things have changes since she was elected head of state last year. Angela Merkel hired style counsels and visage specialists who changed her image completely.
Mrs. Markel likes gardening a lot. She grows asters, marigolds, and kohlrabi. She also enjoys cooking. Mrs. Merkel is particularly good at making a potato soup, schnitzels, stewed fish and pies.
President of Latvia Vike-Freiberga is 68 years old. She is married to Imantas Freiberges, a professor of informatics at the Quebec University. They have a son and a daughter, Carlis and Indra. The offspring work and live in London. Vike-Freiberga and her husband look forward to having grandchildren.
The Latvian president is called one of most elegant women in the world. The fashion designer Alexander Bibergal and the fashion constructor Tamara Krylova are responsible for Mrs. Vike-Freiberga’s style in clothes. Mrs. Vike-Freiberga is reported to take active participation in the making of a new dress. She likes to choose the fabric and discuss the way her future outfit will sit and look.
Mrs. Vike-Freiberga likes gardening very much. She can talk for hours about her flowers. She adores her dog called Fumis and two cats – Otsila and Bella, respectively. Some time ago her naughty little doggie nearly died after nibbling at some pot flower. The president cured Fumis with a special oak decoction. She also decided to keep her flower and her pets separated.
President of Chile Michelle Bachelet is a mother of three children, two daughters and a son. Divorce was not allowed in Chile until 2004. Despite the above fact, Michelle was married twice. These days she is looking for a man of her dreams. The 46-year-old woman is confident that she will find such a man.
“I’m a single mother and agnostic. I combined all sorts of vices in me,” said the then presidential candidate Bachelet prior to being elected president in January 2006. The Chileans seem to appreciate her straightforward approach both to public speeches and personal life style. The public will not be surprised to being told that she had taken a couple of days off to spend with her children.
She makes an effort in watching her weight though the task is pretty difficult since eating is one of her favorite pastimes. She has a penchant for paste, beans, and seafood.
Governor of St. Petersburg is married to Vladimir Matvienko, they met while studying at a chemical and pharmaceutical institute. They have a son, their only child, named Sergei.
Mrs. Matvienko’s son married the pop singer Zara some time ago. But the marriage was short-lived.
The 57-year-old Valentina Matvienko looks after her style herself. She pays special attention to her shoes, which are mostly Italian-made. Sources in the governor’s team claim that Mrs. Matvienko prefers wearing perfumes by Elizabeth Taylor and outfits by Cardin.
She likes to play tennis and swimming.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is 51 years old. She has never been married. She is childless too. As a rule, she spends her weekends in company of President Bush’s family.
Some people call her a “man in skirt”. On the contrary, Dr. Rice looks very feminine. She wears expensive attire by Armani and Oscar de la Renta, her lipstick is normally by Yves Saint Laurent. She also collects shoes, especially stilettos.
She adores figure skating. She went to a skating rink for six years when she was a little girl. She also enjoys playing piano. She was three when she began taking piano lessons. Condoleezza still finds time to play piano at least three times a week.
The leader of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc is 45 years old. She has been married to Alexander Tymoshenko for 27 years. Their only daughter Evgenia married the British rock musician Sean Carr last October.
Yulia likes to wear expensive and exquisite dresses. She prefers attire by Louis Vuitton, her favorite brand of perfume is Silver Rain by La Prairie. Yulia has a liking for expensive whiskey and cognac, adores paella and rock music, especially songs written by her son-in-law. Her hairdresser is paid a fee of $40 every morning for plaiting her long hair into a trademark “crow’s nest.” She spends several hours a week in her personal gym.
Tymoshenko enjoys cooking. The famous Ukrainian borsch is her top dish. She is also good at making savory Russian blinis. Tymoshenko reportedly uses sewing as a kind of therapy for calming her nerves.
Translated by Guerman Grachev
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