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Merkel will run for fourth term

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 01:14

Angela Merkel ends months of speculation by announcing she will run for a fourth term as German chancellor in next year's election, a sign of stability after Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president. Mana Rabiee reports.

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One of the world's most powerful women has ended months of speculation. Angela Merkel says she's running for a fourth term as German chancellor in next year's election. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "I thought about this for an endlessly long time. The decision …. after 11 years in office anything is but trivial." But the long-awaited decision comes amid voter backlash over Merkel's open-door migrant policy. Nearly 40 percent of Germans don't want her to serve another term. Still, 55 percent do. That's because the conservative leader is widely seen as a stabilizing force in Europe. She's steered Europe's biggest economy through the financial crisis and euro zone debt crisis. She's won international respect for her work to help solve the conflict in Ukraine. And now, Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. - plus the rise of right-wing parties in Europe - has some commentators calling Merkel a bastion of Western liberal values … in an increasingly uncertain Europe.

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Merkel will run for fourth term

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 01:14