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German chancellor Angela Merkel will run for a fourth term

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UPDATE 2:15 p.m. EST: Merkel confirmed her intention to run again.

German chancellor Angela Merkel will run for a fourth term in the nation's general elections in 2017, German news agency dpa reported Sunday.

Merkel, 62, has been repeatedly named "The World's Most Powerful Woman" by Forbes. If she wins and serves the entire four-year term, she would match her former mentor Helmut Kohl's record for time spent as chancellor.

Nearly 60 percent of Germans surveyed by polling agency Forsa said they wanted Merkel to run again.

The challenges

The surge of populism in Europe may represent a threat to Merkel's agenda. Far-right leaders like Marine Le Pen in France pose a stark contrast to Merkel, who welcome about 890,000 migrants into Germany last year.  The nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party currently would win about 10 percent of the vote if elections were held today. 

Similarly, Germany will play a role in determining Europe's relationship with Russia, Ukraine, Syria and Brexit.

President-elect Donald Trump praised Merkel in 2013.

But during his campaign, he used "America's Merkel" as an insult toward Hillary Clinton.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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