June 4, 2020 / 6:11 PM / a month ago

Merkel sticking to decision not to run again as German chancellor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for a televised interview with public broadcaster ARD in Berlin, Germany June 4, 2020. John Macdougall/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Angela Merkel reiterated on Thursday that she was sticking to her decision not to run again for a fifth term as chancellor of Europe’s biggest economy.

Asked in a ZDF television interview whether she was tempted to reconsider her decision in view of the coronavirus pandemic, she said she was “firmly” resolved that this would be her last term.

Reporting by Madeline Chambers

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