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Activists wearing masks of German Chance...Activists wearing masks of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and vice chancellor and Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel take part in a demonstration in favor of an appearance by fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden as a witness in German NSA hearings held in the German Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, outside the Reichstag building in Berlin on May 8, 2014. Lawmakers from the opposition Greens and far-left Linke parties had demanded that the parliamentary panel probing mass surveillance by the NSA seek testimony from Snowden, the former contractor with the US National Security Agency (NSA) now living in Moscow.       AFP PHOTO / ADAM BERRYADAM BERRY/AFP/Getty Images

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Activists wearing effigies of German chancellor Angela Merkel and vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel take part in a demonstration outside the Reichstag building in Berlin to press for an appearance by fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden before a parliamentary inquiry into surveillance by the US National Security Agency

German Chancellor Merkel is congratulated after she was re-elected as Chancellor during a meeting in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, in Berlin...German Chancellor Angela Merkel is congratulated after she was re-elected as Chancellor during a meeting in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, in Berlin December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY  - Tags: POLITICS)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is congratulated after she was re-elected during a meeting in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament Read more

A protester holds a placard calling for Germany to give political asylum to the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, outside the seat of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin.

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A protester holds a placard outside the Bundestag in Berlin calling for Germany to give political asylum to Edward Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor

New Bundestag Convenes As Old Government Is Dismissed...BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 22:  German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel (C) chats with leading German Social Democrats (SPD) members Sigmar Gabriel (R), Thomas Oppermann (L) and Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the first session of the new Bundestag following recent nationwide  elections on October 22, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The session heralds the beginning of the 18th legislative period, though the German government remains in transition as the Christian Democrats (CDU) and German Social Democrats (SPD) are still in the process of coalition negotiations whose outcome remains u

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German chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel chats with leading German Social Democrats (SPD) members Sigmar Gabriel (right), Thomas Oppermann (left) and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the first session of the new Bundestag, following recent nationwide elections in the country. The German government remains in transition as the CDU and SPD are still in coalition negotiationsRead more

A road sign with graffiti reading "Angie's Massage Bunker" is pictured at the square in front of the Reichstag building

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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