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The chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union  Party, CDU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the Social Democratic Party's, SPD, headquarters for coalition talks in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Following the Sept. 22 national elections Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian parties' bloc are negotiating the second week to form a coalition with the Social Democratic Party.

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German chancellor Angela Merkel, chairman of the Christian Democratic Union party, arrives at the Social Democratic party’s headquarters in Berlin for coalition talks. Following national elections Ms Merkel and her Christian parties’ bloc are negotiating to form a coalition with the Social Democratics. 

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 negotiations

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 

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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

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

A big election campaign placard featuring Social Democratic Party's (SPD) main candidate German Peer Steinbrueck is pictured with a small poster reading "who wants that nothing changes, votes: CDU (German Christian Democratic Union), CSU (Christian Social Union), FDP (Free Democratic Party), SPD (Social Democratic Party) and Gruene (Green Party)" For all others: MLPD" in Essen, western Germany on August 29, 2013. Germans go to the polls in parliamentary elections on September 22, 2013.

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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