German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to address a press conference at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party headquarters in Berlin, on November 20, 2016. AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ
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Angela Merkel announced Sunday she wants to 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.Some 55 percent of Germans want Merkel, Germany's eighth chancellor since World War II, to serve a fourth term, with 39 percent against, an Emnid poll showed Sunday, highlighting that despite setbacks, she is still an electoral asset.With Trump's victory in the United States and the rise in support for right-wing parties in several European states, some commentators see Merkel as a bastion of Western liberal values.By standing again, Merkel, who said she wanted to serve the full fourth term, could end up matching the 16 years in office of her former mentor, Helmut Kohl.
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