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German chancellor Merkel announces fourth term candidacy
« on: November 21, 2016, 12:41:08 AM »
Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced she will stand in next year's elections for a fourth term. She made the announcement in Berlin in front of a CDU party banner 'The Center' (Die Mitte).

Addressing the media from a platform with the word "The Center" (Die Mitte) written on it in Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party colors, Merkel said on Sunday evening that her decision to stand was not a trivial one, for the country or for herself.

She said her motivation was based on serving Germany and in using her talents for that purpose.
"I told the CDU that I was ready to stand again," she said. "This election will be even more difficult than those we have had before as we are facing a strong polarisation" in the community.

She drew a line between Germany and the US in describing as "grotesque" the recent election campaign. Merkel said that for her, political discussion was about engagement not "fighting" and "inciting hatred."
She said that for Germany the values of "democracy, freedom, and respect for human and individual rights," were central pillars of the democratic process.



 

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