German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party CDU Angela Merkel reacts after her speech at the CDU party convention in Essen, Germany. Photo Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a toy wolf she got as a present during a party convention of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in Karlsruhe, Germany
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
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU stands in front of her election campaign tour bus before a CDU board meeting in Berlin
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.
In Germany, a big election campaign placard featuring Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) main candidate Peer Steinbrueck is pictured with a small poster reading “those who want nothing to change, vote for CDU (German Christian Democratic Union), CSU (Christian Social Union), FDP (Free Democratic Party), SPD (Social Democratic Party) and Gruene (Green Party) – For the others vote MLPD” in Essen, western Germany. Germans go to the polls in parliamentary elections on September 22