This file photo taken on Sept. 14, 2016 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel pointing during an electoral meeting of the Christian Democtaric Union (CDU) party ahead of state elections in Berlin. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ
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After Donald Trump's shock victory, Francois Hollande's decision not to seek re-election and populism on the rise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is next up on the campaign podium to set out her strategy for winning in 2017 polls.When her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) holds its annual two-day congress from Tuesday, she will seek to rally members behind her bid for a fourth term as Germany's leader.Merkel has admitted that the general election, likely to be held in September, will be "more difficult than any before it". The event opens Tuesday with a speech by Merkel, who has led the CDU for 16 years after ousting long-time leader Helmut Kohl.Merkel will be called to account for the party's poor showing in five consecutive state elections this year in a voter backlash driven by the migrant crisis.With the party congress, the CDU kicks off a long election campaign in which Merkel will seek to capture the middle ground.
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