Angela Merkel sworn in for fourth term as German chancellor

Germany’s president is telling the country’s new government that it faces huge expectations from the country’s allies, particularly in Europe.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was sworn in for her fourth term on Wednesday after serving only as caretaker leader since an election last fall.
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said as he formally appointed Merkel’s new Cabinet: “It is good that the time of uncertainty is over.”
He said that “these are testing years for democracy,” with an “everyone against everyone else” mentality spreading in world politics — “right now in trade policy.”
Steinmeier said that “the expectations of our friends and partners are huge, particularly in Europe.” He added that “many hope we in Germany will show that liberal democracies are capable of acting and facing the future.”