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Angela Merkel will seek a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor in general elections next year, the German news agency dpa reported Sunday.
Dpa, citing sources at the Berlin headquarters of Merkel’s Christian Democrat party, reported that the 62-year-old chancellor also will run to be re-elected as the party’s chairwoman when it holds its national convention next month.
Merkel is expected to declare her candidacy for chancellor at a press conference at the party’s headquarters later on Sunday.
A physicist by training, Merkel became Germany’s first female head of government in 2005. She also is the first leader of a reunited Germany to have grown up under communism in the former East Germany.
If she wins next year and serves the entire four-year term, Merkel would match her one-time mentor Helmut Kohl’s post-war record of 16 years in office.
Repeatedly named “The World’s Most Powerful Woman” by Forbes magazine, Merkel also has been suggested by some as the last powerful defender of liberal values in the West following Donald Trump’s election as the next U.S. president.
Nearly 60 percent of Germans surveyed in a recent poll said they wanted Merkel to run for office again, Manfred Guellner, the head of the Forsa polling agency, said.
“In these difficult times, Merkel is a pillar of stability,” Guellner told The Associated Press. “People have the feeling she represents German interests well abroad.”
While she’s never been described as a visionary or earned much praise for stirring speeches, Merkel has won respect for being tough, shrewd and doggedly tackling problems.
Since becoming chancellor, she’s dealt with several international crises, including the Eurozone debt crisis in 2008-09 for which she brokered compromises among fractious European Union leaders.
She has been a strong advocate of efforts to combat climate change, and in 2011 abruptly accelerated the shutdown of Germany’s nuclear power plants following the meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima plant.
Unresolved diplomatic challenges include Europe’s relationship with Russia, the future of Ukraine, autocratic developments in Turkey, the ongoing war in Syria and negotiations over Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Merkel also needs to brace herself for the populist wave sweeping both the United States and Europe, where elections
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