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Lawyers wave their ties during a rally in central Athens against the social security reforms proposed by the government, on Thursday.   Thousands of scientists, doctors, lawyers, engineers and self employed professionals participated in the massive rally, in protest againt a government draft bill regarding reforms in the countrys pension system

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Lawyers wave their ties during a rally in central Athens against the social security reforms proposed by the government, on Thursday.
Thousands of scientists, doctors, lawyers, engineers and self employed professionals participated in the massive rally, in protest againt a government draft bill regarding reforms in the countrys pension system

A model wears a creation of designer Anja Gockel during the Fashion Week in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. The Fall/Winter 2016/2017 collections are presented during the Berlin Fashion Week from Jan. 18 to 22.

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A model wears a creation of designer Anja Gockel during the Fashion Week in Berlin, Wednesday. The Fall/Winter 2016/2017 collections are presented during the Berlin Fashion Week, which started on Monday

Peter Prevc of Slovenia competes during the first round of the Ski Flying World Championships at Kulm hill in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria January 15, 2016.

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Peter Prevc of Slovenia competes during the first round of the Ski Flying World Championships at Kulm hill in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria on Friday

A Swiss Guard is assisted after falling during Pope Francis' weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.

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A Swiss Guard is assisted after falling during Pope Francis’ weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday

A man with an umbrella walks alongside the river Spree on a rainy winter day in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.

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A man with an umbrella walks alongside the river Spree on a rainy winter day in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday

Migrants and refugees walk on Friday after crossing the Macedonian border in the Serbian village of Miratovac. Migrants and refugees are facing deteriorating weather conditions as they make their way to the EU via the Balkans. Despite cold and heavy rain, thousands of  migrants continue to arrive in Serbia. More than a million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe in 2015 in the worst crisis of its kind to face the continent since World War II.

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Migrants and refugees walk on Friday after crossing the Macedonian border in the Serbian village of Miratovac. Migrants and refugees are facing deteriorating weather conditions as they make their way to the EU via the Balkans

Elisabeth Goergl, of Austria, speeds down the course during a training for an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill in Altenmarkt Zauchensee, Austria, Friday, Jan 8, 2016.

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Elisabeth Goergl, of Austria, speeds down the course during a training for an alpine ski, women’s World Cup downhill in Altenmarkt Zauchensee, Austria, Friday

Armed French police patrol near the Boulevard de Barbes in the north of Paris on Thursday in Paris, France. French police have shot dead a man as he attempted to gain access to a Paris police station whilst brandishing a knife. It is believed that the man was wearing a fake suicide vest and bomb disposal experts were brought in to investigate. The incident comes on the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks

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Armed French police patrol near the Boulevard de Barbes in the north of Paris on Thursday in Paris, France. French police have shot dead a man as he attempted to gain access to a Paris police station whilst brandishing a knife. The incident comes on the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks

A child looks out of a bus window after walking from the Macedonian border into Serbia, in the village of Miratovac, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Hundreds of migrants continue to arrive daily into Serbia in order to register and continue their journey further north towards Western Europe

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A child looks out of a bus window after walking from the Macedonian border into Serbia, in the village of Miratovac, Serbia, Wednesday. Hundreds of migrants continue to arrive daily into Serbia in order to register and continue their journey further north towards Western Europe

Workers remove fish from inside a lock on the canal Saint Martin in Paris on January 5, 2016 before a drainage and cleaning operation

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Workers remove fish from inside a lock on the canal Saint Martin in Paris on Tuesday before a drainage and cleaning operation

A man enjoys the sun, as the shadow of a street light is cast on the wall behind him, at the Sant Jaume Square in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

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A man enjoys the sun, as the shadow of a street light is cast on the wall behind him, at the Sant Jaume Square in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday

A Syrian refugee and two children arrive aboard the passenger ferry Ariadne at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, January 4, 2016.

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A Syrian refugee and two children arrive aboard the passenger ferry Ariadne at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece

An Iraqi man disembarks from a dinghy on a beach after his trip with other refugees and migrants from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. European Union leaders on Thursday set a six-month deadline for deciding whether to push ahead with plans for a border guard agency that could deploy to member states unable or unwilling to manage their borders as thousands of migrants continue to arrive in Europe daily.

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An Iraqi man disembarks from a dinghy on a beach after his trip with other refugees and migrants from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Friday

People prepare to swim in the Mediterranean Sea on the French Riviera city of Nice, southeastern France on December 18, 2015.

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People prepare to swim in the Mediterranean Sea on the French Riviera city of Nice, southeastern France on Friday

Nuns pray during an early morning Rorate mass in Frnaciscan church in Bratislava on December 17, 2015.   Rorate Mass which is traditionally celebrated in Advent, in honour of Holy Mary, in the dark of the morning before sunrise, by candlelight.

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Nuns pray during an early morning Rorate mass in Frnaciscan church in Bratislava on Thursday. Rorate Mass which is traditionally celebrated in Advent, in honour of Holy Mary, in the dark of the morning before sunrise, by candlelight

Members of German federal police Bundespolizei demonstrate their skills during a presentation of the new unit for arrests and securing evidence (BFE) in Ahrensfelde near Berlin, Germany on Wednesday

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Members of German federal police Bundespolizei demonstrate their skills during a presentation of the new unit for arrests and securing evidence (BFE) in Ahrensfelde near Berlin, Germany on Wednesday

A man consults a mobile phone beside a woman begging on the pavement outside a clothes store in Salamanca an upscale neighbourhood of Madrid. The number of millionaires in Spain -- defined as having a fortune of over a million US dollars excluding their main residence and consumer goods -- rose by 40 percent to 178,000 last year from 2008 when the crisis started, according to consulting firm Capgemini. At the same time the number of people living with "severe material deprivation" in the country has doubled since 2007 to just over three million last year, according to a study by anti-poverty agency Oxfam

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A man consults a mobile phone beside a woman begging on the pavement outside a clothes store in Salamanca an upscale neighbourhood of Madrid

A man sells balloons in the city centre of Hanover, central Germany, on December 16, 2015.

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A man sells balloons in the city centre of Hanover, central Germany, on Wednesday

A Romanian shepherd, carrying his traditional stick and a wrinkled banner, shouts while running towards the main entrance gate of the Romania's Parliament Palace, during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, 15 December 2015. Up to one thousand of farmers from all over the country, organized by their trade union confederation, gathered to protest against the government's shepherd regulating policies, demanding greater state-subsidies for the traditional rural farming system. Shepherds stormed the Parliament fence, forcing the entrance gates while scuffling with riot police, occupying a part of the parliament yard. The new laws restrict the rights of grazing during the winter, as well as the maximum number of shepherd dogs for a traditional style of shepherding with a history of thousands of years.

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A Romanian shepherd, carrying his traditional stick and a wrinkled banner, shouts while running towards the main entrance gate of the Romania’s Parliament Palace, during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, on Tuesday. Up to one thousand farmers from all over the country gathered to protest against the government’s shepherd regulating policies

A boy carries a basket of laundry as another child follows him inside Eleonas refugee camp near central Athens Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Financially stricken Greece is the main entry point for asylum-seekers trying to enter the 28-nation European Union. More than 700,000 people have arrived so far this year but few want to remain in the country, with almost all heading to more prosperous European nations.

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A boy carries a basket of laundry as another child follows him inside Eleonas refugee camp near central Athens Monday. Financially stricken Greece is the main entry point for asylum-seekers trying to enter the 28-nation European Union