BERLIN Angela Merkel confirmed on Sunday that she will seek a fourth term as German Chancellor in next year's election, ending months of speculation. "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," Merkel told a news conference after a meeting of senior members of her conservative Christian Democrats. The 62-year-old conservative is widely seen as a stabilising force in Europe amid uncertainty after Britain's vote to leave the European Union and as a bastion of Western liberal values after the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.
She has already served 11 years as chancellor of Europe's biggest economy.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Richard Balmforth)
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.
Firstpost is now on WhatsApp. For the latest analysis, commentary and news updates, sign up for our WhatsApp services. Just go to Firstpost.com/Whatsapp and hit the Subscribe button.
Updated Date: Nov 21, 2016 00:15:07 IST