Merkel Officially Nominated for Fourth Term

Merkel Officially Nominated for Fourth Term Merkel Officially Nominated for Fourth Term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on Monday officially nominated to run as her party’s candidate in this year’s federal elections, party sources say.

A leaders’ meeting of her center-right Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, confirmed the foregone conclusion at a meeting in Munich, Deutsche Welle reported.

There is “unanimous support of both parties for Merkel’s candidacy”, said Horst Seehofer, the leader of CSU and premier of Bavaria.

Also in a press conference on Monday, Merkel ruled out implementing a limit on refugee numbers, but said both the CSU and her own CDU party had agreed that the influx of more than 1 million people in 2015 and 2016 should not happen again. 

She also said the two parties would start working on a joint election platform for the upcoming vote.

The German chancellor has been active in politics since shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. 

After a stint as the minister for women and youth and then the environment under former chancellor Helmut Kohl, she became the head of CDU in 2000. She became chancellor herself in 2005 and has won every election contested since.

Merkel’s main rival in the 2017 election will be against current coalition partners the center-left Social Democrats and their candidate, former European Parliament president, Martin Schulz.


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