Merkel wins overwhelming party backing to fend off German left

December 9, 2014 5:58 PM

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Merkel wins overwhelming party backing to fend off German left

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's conservatives confirmed Angela Merkel as party leader on Tuesday for the eighth time, giving her overwhelming support to fend off a growing challenge from the left and fuelling talk that she will seek a fourth term as chancellor.

With her approval ratings undiminished after nine years in office, the hyperbole attached to Merkel has escalated and her finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, went as far as to compare her with Napoleon Bonaparte this weekend.

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