BERLIN (AP) — Speculation is growing that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will seek a fourth term in general elections next year.
Merkel refused to comment on the possibility during a press conference with U.S. President Barack Obama last week. She said she would announce her plans when the time was right.
However, the 62-year-old chancellor is expected to talk about a possible candidacy during a Sunday night news conference at the Berlin headquarters of her political party, the Christian Democrats.
Merkel became Germany’s first female head of government in 2005.
She also is the first leader of a reunited Germany to have grown up under communism in the former East Germany.