German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech during a session at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on Nov. 23, 2016 in Berlin. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday against the power of fake news on social media to spur the rise of populists, after launching her campaign for a fourth term.Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats are the odds-on favorites to win the German national election, expected in September or October 2017 .But she is facing a strong challenge from a resurgent right-wing populist party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has her liberal refugee and migration policy in its crosshairs.All of Germany's mainstream parties have for now ruled out forming an alliance with the AfD.
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