Half of Germans oppose a fourth term for Angela Merkel

Half of Germans do not want Angela Merkel to serve another term as chancellor, a survey published Sunday has found.

The survey, conducted by polling company Emnid for the newspaper Bild am Sonntag showed that 50 per cent of participants opposed another term for Merkel. 42 per cent were in favour.

Meanwhile, 70 per cent of supporters of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) wanted their party leader to remain in office beyond the next parliamentary election in 2017. 22 per cent did not want her to continue in the post.

Merkel is yet to declare whether she will seek another term.

The chancellor, who has been in office since 2005, currently heads a grand-coalition government with the centre-left Social Democratic Party.

Should she win another term, Merkel could potentially beat the record for time in office set by Helmut Kohl who served as chancellor for 16 years from 1982 to 1998.

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