Merkel at a news conference after her party endured a second setback in a state election.
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Angela Merkel's shock admission that she wishes she could turn back the clock on her migrant policy is a clear attempt to mend fences with her allies in Bavaria and a strong hint she will seek to run for a fourth term as German chancellor. Not everyone in the conservative Bavarian CSU was convinced by her uncharacteristically contrite remarks Monday, however, and Merkel's own views on political longevity could play into her decision on whether to stand again.Striking a confessional tone that reached out to Catholics in her own party and in the CSU's southeastern heartland, a front line of the migrant crisis, Merkel took the blame and said she would if she could "turn back time by many many years" to prepare Germany for the influx.Looking more vulnerable than ever before in her 11 years in office, Merkel chose her words carefully as she sought to appease her CSU allies, who have repeatedly voiced anger at her decision to let in a million migrants last year.Merkel, 62, who grew up in Communist East Germany, is well aware that leaving politics at the right time is one of the most difficult decisions a leader has to make.
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