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Merkel Says She'll Serve Full Four-Year Term If Re-Elected

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she planned to serve a full four-year term if re-elected and defended herself against a political attack by her Social Democratic challenger that she’s faltered on public infrastructure investment.

“I made clear when I announced my re-election bid that I would run for four years,” Merkel said in an interview with ARD television on Sunday, 10 weeks before the national election. A full fourth term would extend her chancellorship to 16 years through 2021.