Merkel's last New Year address as German chancellor chalks up ratings

Around 9 million people tuned in to watch Angela Merkel’s New Year’s Eve address on television on Thursday, in what is set to be her last such speech as chancellor of Germany. The long-serving leader’s 16th New Year’s Eve speech was watched by 4.49 million viewers after the evening news on the ARD public broadcaster; another 4.33 million watched it on ZDF. The combined total was well ahead of last year’s ratings, when around 5.1 million watched Merkel’s end-of-year remarks. “Federal elections take place in nine months, in which I will not run. This is therefore today foreseeably the last time …

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