Angela Merkel will run for a fourth term as Chancellor of Germany. Her announcement is the opening salvo in the run up to Germany's parliamentary election at the end of 2017 - and it puts the Social Democrats and other parties under pressure.
Germany's conservative and Social Democratic leaders are meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a new "grand coalition" government. After initial cold feet from the SPD, what are the chances of success?
Chancellor Angela Merkel has become an icon. Abroad, she's held in high esteem due to the length of her tenure and her conduct during Europe's refugee crisis. But back home, support for Merkel is waning.
The leaders of the conservatives and Social Democrats are discussing the possibility of renewing their government partnership. So what's at stake, and what are the sticking points?
The rise of the far-right populist AfD in Germany has effectively shifted the political center in the opposite direction. The result is that the chancellor is now looking to parties on the left for potential allies.
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