Merkel announces run for fourth term

Germany's centre-right Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that she will run for a fourth term in office.

Speaking at a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, she said she expected her toughest campaign to date, and vowed to "fight for our values and our way of life".

The chancellor, who has been in office since 2005, is being challenged by the populist right-wing AfD party.

She told reporters that the decision to run for a fourth term had been "anything but trivial after 11 years in office," CNN reports.

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