For more than a decade she's been at Germany's helm. Dubbed by Time Magazine, Chancellor of the Free World, Angela Merkel's not ready to relinquish the title. The German leader is to make a speech Sunday evening in which she's widely expected to announce her tilt in a fourth term.
>> Everybody thinks that she has at least an ability to stay in power. She knows the rules. She has a lot of experience. And apart from Putin, she's actually the world leader who is the longest in power. So I think these connections and this experience might help her.
>> With the surprise triumph of Donald Trump in the US elections, some analysts have named Merkel the liberal West's last defender. She's even received an early endorsement.>> If I were here and I were German and I had a vote, I might support her.>>
But I don't know whether that hurts or helps.
>> But while Obama has called Merkel his closest world partner, she's unlikely to find such a friend in Trump, who's challenged her views on everything from free trade to immigration. At home the 62-year-old faces a battle, too. The question Democratic party has been hemorrhaging support heard by her decision to throw open the door to migrants last year.
The right wing, anti-immigrant AFD party has surged at her expense and made strong gains in a slew of regional elections. Recent polls still put Merkel in the lead. But if recent events have taught us anything, nothing is certain.