German Chancellor Merkel's to seek fourth term

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday
US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday

21 November, 2016

Should she go on to serve a fourth term, Mrs Merkel would match the post-war record of her mentor Helmut Kohl, who presided over the country during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

The populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has won over voters with proposals involving dual citizenship restrictions, a burqa ban, more police and speedy deportations. Obama urged world leaders to continue efforts to thwart terror plots across Europe and to continue efforts to root out the cause of migration to Europe.

Obama, in his final worldwide trip before the end of his presidency on January 20, met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to officially discuss mutually problematic world affairs, but concerns about Trump's campaign rhetoric became the prevailing undertone.

"She has called a news conference for 1800 GMT, a sign interpreted by politicians and the media that she has made up her mind".

The head of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Daniela Schwarzer, said Merkel's sense of duty had likely shaped her decision. He described the German chancellor as "a great friend and ally" who looks out for her own country's interests while recognizing that this also requires working closely with others to solve common problems. Obama is on a three-day visit to the German captial. "This will only work together, within Europe, and if we can have the backing of the trans-Atlantic alliance".

A Merkel re-election bid, which polls indicate would have a strong chance of succeeding, will be welcome news in many capitals seeking an anchor of stability after the dual shocks of Brexit and Donald Trump's election as U.S. president.

Obama and the European Union leaders called for an immediate end to attacks on rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo by Syrian government forces and their allies Russian Federation and Iran that monitoring groups say have killed dozens this week alone.

"On Syria, of course looking at Aleppo, we were united in our condemnation of the atrocities that are taking place there", May told reporters, standing alongside Merkel after Obama had departed. "So whoever the U.S. president is, whoever the chancellor of Germany is, we need to remember that".

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Trump said last week that the USA needs to continue fighting against the Daesh terrorist group in Syria, but should stop attacking the government of Assad.

She and Obama forged a particularly close relationship, and his stop in Berlin on his farewell tour reflected that. When January 20 comes, President Barack Obama will bid farewell to his position as President of America and welcomes President-Elect Donald Trump.

Obama said he had spoken to Putin before the US election about cyber attacks that USA officials said were an attempt to influence the presidential race and told him Washington would respond appropriately.

"It is my hope that that is what will happen", Obama said. "That is what will happen", He assure that it will happen in the next two month. And no one expects that the executive tutoring will change substantially Trump's vast differences with Obama, whom Trump called the worst president in US history. The chancellor said on Thursday it was not the time to announce such a decision. He said afterward that he wanted Obama's "counsel" and looked forward to "many, many" more meetings.

White House assumes that they planned a dutiful welcome to a new president thinking that it will be Clinton.

Trump's team has shown appreciation for the help.

Asked why Trump's meeting this week with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was closed to the press, senior transition adviser Kellyanne Conway pointed out that Obama was traveling overseas.

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