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Merkel to run for fourth term in 2017: Der Spiegel

© Reuters. German Chancellor Merkel speaks during a session of Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has ruled Germany since 2005, has decided to run for a fourth term and has started planning her 2017 re-election campaign, according to an unsourced report on Saturday in Der Spiegel news magazine.

A spokeswoman for Merkel's Christian Democrat (CDU) party declined to comment on the report. The chancellor is on a hiking holiday in the Alps.

Merkel, who turned 61 on July 17, has not made any public comments about whether she would run for a fourth term, although she did hint in a speech in Cologne last year she would stand again.

Merkel, who has guided Europe's...