Angela Merkel, the current Chancellor of Germany is seeking a fourth term. Merkel's announcement came after she met with party leader at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin. Merkel expects this to be her toughest campaign so far, and "vowed to fight for our values and our way of life". Merkel also recognizes that she will face challenges from both the right and left of the political spectrum. She also told reporters that "the decision to run for a fourth term had been 'anything but trivial after 11 years in office. The article also points out that even though Merkel's poll numbers have slipped she retains wide support throughout Germany.