German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will run for a fourth term in office.
Speaking at the headquarters of her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), she confirmed reports that she would stand again for the position of party leader, and thus for chancellor.
General elections are expected in Germany next year.
Mrs Merkel’s poll ratings have slipped since the height of her popularity but she retains wide support.
She suffered an embarrassing regional election defeat earlier this year and is being challenged by the populist right-wing AfD party.
Mrs Merkel said after the polls that she accepted responsibility for defeats in several states,
She also conceded that her open-door policy towards migrants – embodied in her phrase “wir schaffen das” (we can manage it) – was a factor in several state elections.
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