Angela Merkel Announces Fourth Term as German Chancellor

Angel Merkel, one of the world's most powerful women, announced she will be running in 2017's federal elections, and has since made it clear that she understands the challenges she will face with this decision.

"I thought about this for an endlessly long time. The decision (to run) for a fourth term is — after 11 years in office — anything but trivial," she said.

Merkel, who grew up in Communist East Germany, is a physicist who only became involved in politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. She is seen as a talented negotiator but has also received criticism for her open-door refugee policy — opening Germany's border to more than 900,000 migrants in 2015.

According to Fortune, if re-elected, Merkel's responsibilities will range from helping to lead talks with Britain on its withdrawal from the EU, to soothing tense relations with Turkey, and helping to develop a relationship with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Unlike other countries, Germany has no limit on the number of terms a chancellor can serve. So far, about 55 percent of Germans want to re-elect Merkel as she has won respect internationally by steering Europe's biggest economy through the financial crisis.

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