Angela Merkel

Supporters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) hold placards with the nickname of German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel at an election campaign event of the CDU  in Fulda, Germany, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Merkel, the leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party and top candidate of her party will be challenged by Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate Peer Steinbrueck at Germany's general elections on Sept. 22, 2013

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Supporters of Angela Merkel show their support for the German chancellor at an election campaign event for the Christian Democratic Union in Fulda, Germany, on Thursday 

An election campaign posters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is photographed through a car window covered with rain drops in Berlin, ahead of the elections on the 22nd September.

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An election campaign poster for German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen through a car window in Berlin. Germany goes to the polls for a general election on September 22.

German Chancellor and leader of the cons...German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Angela Merkel (C) looks at the party's cyberspace campaign offerings as she meets with election campaign workers at the CDU headquarters in  Berlin on September 4, 2013.     AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

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Angela Merkel, German chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, looks at the party’s cyberspace drive and chats to election campaign workers at the CDU headquarters in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (front) ...German Chancellor Angela Merkel (front) stands up at the start of a session of the Bundestag lower house of parliament dedicated to a probe into the handling by German security agencies of the Neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) group, in Berlin on September 2, 2013.AFP

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German chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of a session of the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament in Berlin, looking into the handling by German security agencies of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground group 

German Chancellor Merkel writes her name on a blackboard at the Heinrich Schliemann Gymnasium in Berlin...German Chancellor Angela Merkel writes her name on a blackboard before conducting a lecture at the Heinrich Schliemann Gymnasium, a secondary school, in Berlin August 13, 2013. Merkel delivered a lecture to a 12th grade class on the building of the Berlin Wall in August 1961.

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German chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning for a third term, filled in as a school history teacher on Tuesday on the 52nd anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall. 

(L-R) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta arrive for a family photo on the second day of the G8 Summit at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, Britain, 18 June 2013. Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, USA and UK are meeting at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit 17-18 June. The leaders were holding their second and final day of talks on 18 June, with the global economy and tax avoidance high on the agenda.

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On day two of the G8 Summit at Lough Erne, leaders take a walk on Tuesday in the area around the two connected lakes in Northern Ireland. From left to right, Shinzo Abe, Japanese prime minister, Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Vladimir Putin, Russian president, David Cameron, British prime minister, Barack Obama, US president, Francois Hollande, French president, Stephen Harper, Canadian prime minister, and Enrico Letta, Italian prime minister. The leaders are meeting for talks that include the global economy and tax avoidance

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Lough Erne golf resort where the G8 summit is taking place in Enniskillen...Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Lough Erne golf resort where the G8 summit is taking place in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 17, 2013.

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Lough Erne golf resort where the G8 summit is taking place in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

A graffiti depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi is seen on the fence around the site of ECB's new building under construction in Frankfurt am Main on June 6, 2013, 2013. The European Central Bank held its key rates unchanged, as widely expected, at its regular monthly policy meeting. The bank's new headquarter is to be finished in 2014.

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Graffiti depicting Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Mario Draghi, European Central Bank president, on the fence around the construction site of the ECBs new building in Frankfurt, which made headlines last month for its critical take on the handling of the eurozone crisis. The headquarters will be finished in 2014.  

14.00 Rescue workers on a rubber boat make the...Rescue workers on a rubber boat make their way through a street flooded by the river Elbe in Meissen, eastern Germany, on June 5, 2013. Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged 100 million euros in emergency aid for flood-ravaged areas as surging waters that have claimed at least 11 lives and forced tens of thousands of evacuations across central Europe bore down on eastern Germany.     AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAELROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images

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Rescue workers on a rubber boat make their way through a street flooded by the river Elbe in Meissen, eastern Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged €100m in emergency aid for flood-ravaged areas as surging waters that have claimed at least 11 lives and forced tens of thousands of evacuations across central Europe bore down on eastern Germany. 

French President and German Chancellor visit the Louvre Museum...epa03723874 French President Francois Hollande (R) welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) at the entrance of the Square Court at the Louvre Museum as they visit an exhibition dedicated to German painters in Paris, France, 30 May 2013.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT / POOL MAXPPP OUT

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German chancellor Angela Merkel greets French president François Hollande on her arrival at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, on Thursday. They are visiting an exhibition dedicated to German painters in Paris

An Indian man cools off his horse during a bath in a canal in Jalandhar on May 23, 2013. High temperatures hovering around 45 degrees Celsius are affecting much of central and northern India ahead of the summer monsoon rains. AFP PHOTO/ SHAMMI MEHRASHAMMI MEHRA/AFP/Getty Images

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel shares a kiss from Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte before their bilateral talks in the western German town of Kleve on Thursday.