"The results of the German parliamentary elections are yet undetermined and Angela Merkel is not unbeatable anymore", Thomas Oppermann, the leader of the Social Democrats' parliamentary faction, told the dpa news agency.
"My goal in politics is to work for the cohesion of our country", she said, adding she hoped for an election campaign "fought among democrats, in the tone of democrats". Germany's main center-left party faces pressure to decide on a challenger to Angela Merkel in next year's election.
SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel, who is also Economy Minister and Vice Chancellor, accused Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble of neglecting European integration.
Merkel is the first and only woman ever to lead her country.
Merkel, 62, has governed Europe's top economic power, which does not have term limits, since 2005.
The party, now represented in 10 state parliaments, has aggressively campaigned against Merkel's decision to welcome an estimated 890,000 migrants into Germany a year ago, many of them Muslims fleeing the war-torn Middle East and Africa. Merkel has also pursued a German policy of welcoming immigrants, some 1 million in 2015.
Ms. Merkel responded to the election of Mr. Trump with a robust appeal for him to follow Western values and respect human dignity. This, she said, was the basis of any close cooperation. "We are strong only together". A recent survey by the polling firm Forsa found 60 percent of those surveyed want her to stay on as their leader.
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"She represents stability and reliability in turbulent times", Julia Klo (umlaut) ckner, the deputy leader of her Christian Democratic Party said yesterday. As one broadcaster put it: "Angela Merkel - the indispensable".
More immediately, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi risks losing a referendum on constitutional reform next month on which he has staked his political future. In France, the National Front's Marine Le Pen looks set to make gains in elections next year as President François Hollande's popularity hits record lows and the conservatives struggle to find a leader to match Ms. Le Pen's growing appeal.
Such healthy polling could indicate that voters in Germany have been alarmed by the rise of far-right parties in their European neighborhood amid the refugee crisis, the U.K.'s exit from the EU which handed a win for disturbingly bigoted and xenophobic far-right British parties and politicians, as well as the shocking victory of Trump in the USA using a similar platform.
Ms. Merkel has guided Germany and, increasingly, Europe though myriad crises.
The controversial migrant deal Mrs Merkel forged between the European Union and Turkey - which hasn't helped her domestic popularity - is fragile. Ukraine and Russian Federation won't do it. To succeed on the worldwide stage in a fourth term, Dr Merkel must first heal divisions over her open-door refugee policy that has alienated the Bavarian wing of her nationwide conservative alliance.
Polls so far would rule out such an alliance - or another scenario where Merkel's conservatives would team up with the ecologist Greens - suggesting that Germany may ultimately return to yet another grand coalition. On that scale, her lowest score was 50 percent in late 2010, when Germany joined European efforts to avert a bankruptcy by Greece.