German Chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union party Angela Merkel arrives for a party's board meeting at the second day of a CDU leadership conference in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners Monday accused her of running out of ideas after she announced she would stand for a fourth term in next year's parliamentary election.The center-left Social Democrats (SPD), partner to Merkel's conservatives in their "grand coalition," accused the chancellor of a "pretty feeble performance" in announcing her candidacy Sunday evening.By saying she will seek a fourth term, Merkel has effectively fired the starting gun on campaigning for the election in September next year, though she must govern with the SPD until then.
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