Merkel cagey on running for fourth term

Many in Germany expect Angela Merkel to run in a general election next year.

FILE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Picture: AFP.

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she would announce at the appropriate moment whether she will run for a fourth term next year, adding “that is not today.”

She was speaking during a news conference in Berlin with US President Barack Obama who said he might vote for Merkel if he was German.

“Merkel has been an outstanding partner,” Obama said.

Many in Germany expect Merkel to run in a general election next year in which her conservatives are expected to remain the largest bloc in Parliament.