Europe

Merkel aims to 'serve people of Germany' as 4th term looms

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for U.S. President Barack Obama prior to a meeting of the government heads of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Britain with U.S. President Obama in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for U.S. President Barack Obama prior to a meeting of the government heads of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Britain with U.S. President Obama in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after a meeting of the government heads of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Britain with U.S. President  Barack Obama in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after a meeting of the government heads of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Britain with U.S. President Barack Obama in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. President Barack Obama, left, is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting of the government heads of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Britain with U.S. President Obama in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    U.S. President Barack Obama, left, is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting of the government heads of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Britain with U.S. President Obama in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

Angela Merkel says she feels a duty to serve her country and Europe, adding further fuel to rampant speculation she'll seek a fourth term as German chancellor.

Merkel spoke Friday after meeting with the leaders of the United States, Spain, Italy, France and Britain.

Asked how she sees her short- and long-term responsibilities, Merkel downplayed descriptions of herself as the last great defender of Western values following Donald Trump's election.

Merkel told reporters: "One person alone can never solve everything."

Instead, she vowed to "perform my task as German chancellor, which on the one hand is to serve the people of Germany but it also includes working for the cohesion and success of Europe."

Merkel is scheduled to hold a news conference late Sunday after meeting senior members of her party.