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(From L) CDU politician Julia Kloeckner, CDU General Secretary Peter Tauber, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hessen Premier Volker Bouffier attend a meeting of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) leadership at the CDU headquarters in Berlin on November on November 21, 2016. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had told her party on November 20, 2016 she would seek a fourth term in elections next year to defend democratic principles in the face of looming threats at home and abroad. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

(From L) CDU politician Julia Kloeckner, CDU General Secretary Peter Tauber, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hessen Premier Volker Bouffier attend a meeting of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) leadership at the CDU headquarters in Berlin on November on November 21, 2016. 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel had told her party on November 20, 2016 she would seek a fourth term in elections next year to defend democratic principles in the face of looming threats at home and abroad. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)