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French president François Hollande greets German chancellor Angela Merkel upon her arrival at the Élysée Palace, in Paris. European leaders are to discuss the continent’s youth unemployment crisis amid concerns that the despair of nearly 6m jobless is feeding into mounting social tensions and populism.
A road sign with graffiti reading “Angie’s Massage Bunker” faces the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin
Chancellor Angela Merkel, head of the Christian Democratic party CDU, arrives in Berlin for preliminary talks on forming Germany’s next government. The two parties – CDU and CSU – that make up the conservative Union bloc and the SPD are expected to discuss how much common ground there is to create a “grand coalition” like the one that governed Germany during Ms Merkel’s first term.
Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer and German chancellor Angela Merkel hug before a parliamentary group meeting of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union in Berlin
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 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 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
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
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.
Graffiti depicting Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Mario Draghi, European Central Bank president, on the fence around the construction site of the ECB’s 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.
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.