German Chancellor Angela Merkel, smiles as she arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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With a month to go until Germans head to the polls, Angela Merkel looks set to cruise to a fourth term as chancellor of a country showing little appetite for change.Often hailed as the world's most powerful woman, Merkel, 63, has strolled onto the campaign trail projecting an air of quiet confidence, sending a message of stability and continuity in a world unsettled by Brexit and the U.S. presidency of Donald Trump. Her low-key efforts have contrasted sharply with those of her main challenger and Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz, who has been crisscrossing the country promising to fight for a fairer Germany.The latest opinion polls put support for Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU block at 38-40 percent, trailed by the SPD at 22-25 percent.Schulz has already said the Social Democrats aren't eager to stay on as the junior partner in a Merkel-led government, after four years in a loveless "grand coalition" with the CDU/CSU.
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