Merkel has officially announced the decision to go for a fourth term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has officially announced its intention to ballot for a fourth term in 2017. Merkel explained that a lot of thought into this decision and it was difficult for her

Angela Merkel has officially announced its intention to ballot for the post of Calera the fourth time in 2017, according to Reuters.

“I’ve been thinking about this forever. The decision to go for a fourth term after 11 years in the chair of the Chancellor is not a trivial task,” she said.

Earlier on Sunday, 20 November, the Agency Reuters, citing a senior party functionaries of the Christian democratic Union (CDU) reported that Merkel has announced its decision for the fourth time to run for Chancellor in a closed session of Presidium of party in Berlin.

On the same day a study was published service Emnid by order of the newspaper Bild, which showed the growing popularity of Merkel after a notable failure in recent months: more than half of Germans said it was ready to support her in case of promotion to the post of Chancellor for a fourth term. For the re-nomination of the conservative opposition had 55% of the respondents. Another 39% were opposed, which is 11 p. p. less than in August (50% against and 42%).

For the first time as Federal Chancellor Merkel won in 2005. The head of the Federal government of Germany is elected by the Bundestag (Parliament) for a term of four years, the next election will take place in 2017.

In 2015-2016 in connection with the migration crisis Merkel’s party and the Chancellor was losing popularity. During the last wave of regional elections in 2016, the CDU lost a few important lands. Many observers in this regard, noted the sunset of the political era of the CDU in General and Merkel in particular. So, in September, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote that many years the policy of Merkel was her party’s pre-election argument, but last year turned into the ballast.

In September, Merkel’s party with disastrous results made in local elections in the German state of Mecklenburg — Vorpommern. With a turnout of 61.6 per cent (highest since 2006), the largest faction retained the Social democratic party of Germany (SPD). The Christian democratic Union Merkel for the first time since the unification of Germany was eliminated in third place with 19% votes. Second place went to the “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) that is opposed to the admission of migrants and criticizing Merkel. It is from this region that he began his political career Merkel.

In the midst of a migration crisis, Merkel led an active policy of accepting refugees from war-torn Syria. In 2015 Germany has become a leader in the European Union in the number of arrivals in a country of migrants: according to the authorities, over the past 20 months, arrived in the country more than 1.1 million people. In February, the government reported that the influx of migrants to Germany by 2020 may reach 3.6 million, or an average of 0.5 million people per year.

In this migration policy Merkel threatened to split her Christian democratic Union: many of its members considered it unreasonable to accept migrants in such amounts and required to limit their influx. The same opinion of the Bavarian Christian social Union, which is included with the CDU in one political unit. But the government of Bavaria has repeatedly stated that their possibilities of reception of new migrants who cross the southern border of Germany, exhausted.

Merkel became gradually adjust its policy: it promised to seriously reduce the influx of migrants. Speaking at a conference of the CDU in December 2015, she said that at the same time will not abandon its declared course on the reception of refugees and will not impose an upper limit on the migration flow, but will be more determined to refuse entry to migrants who do not qualify.

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