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Two actors dressed as roboters hold up an illuminated 4 - 0 lettering at the "Leaders Dialogue - Industry 4-0 Made in Germany" during the launch of the "Industry 4-0" platform at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hanover, central Germany.

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Two actors dressed as robots at the launch of the Industry 4-0 platform at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hanover, Germany

German Chancellor Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Modi look at a UMI robotic arm at the world's largest industrial technology fair, the Hannover Messe, in Hanover...German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) look at a UMI robotic arm at the world's largest industrial technology fair, the Hannover Messe, in Hanover April 13, 2015.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi look at a UMI robotic arm at the world’s largest industrial technology fair, the Hannover Messe, in Hanover.

German Chancellor Merkel and Economy Minister Gabriel arrive at a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin...German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrive at a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, April 1, 2015. Merkel's cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas.      REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrive at a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin. Merkel’s cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras listen to their countries' national anthems upon his arrival for talks at the Chancellery on March 23, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The two leaders are meeting as relations between the Tsipras government and Germany have soured amidst contrary views between the two countries on how Greece can best work itself out of its current economic morass.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras listen to their countries’ national anthems upon his arrival for talks at the Chancellery on Monday in Berlin, Germany

A man looks to the art works Erection Molle, right, by artist Pol Bury  and 'Weisse Muehle' ( White Mill), right, by artist Guenther Uecker as part of the ZERO exhibition in Berlin, Friday, March 20, 2015. The exhibition is honoring the German-born ZERO movement, which sought to give a new optimism and a fresh start to art after the gloomy post-World War II years, with a major retrospective. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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A man looks to the art works Erection Molle, right, by artist Pol Bury and ‘Weisse Muehle’ (White Mill), right, by artist Guenther Uecker as part of the ZERO exhibition in Berlin. The exhibition is honoring the German-born ZERO movement, which sought to give a new optimism and a fresh start to art after the gloomy post-World War II years, with a major retrospective. 

Helpers in boats lead swans from their wintering grounds back to the Aussenalster river in Hamburg, northern Germany, on March 17, 2015. Around 120 swans were moved from their ice-free winter home back to the city center

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Helpers in boats lead swans from their wintering grounds back to the Alster river in Hamburg, northern Germany. Around 120 swans were moved from their ice-free winter home back to the city centre

Members of the German parliament vote on financial help for Greece at the German parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.  Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.  Lawmakers voted 542-32 to back the bailout extension. There were 13 abstentions.  (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)

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Members of the German parliament vote on financial help for Greece at the German parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin on Friday. Germany‘s Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece’s financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens. Lawmakers voted 542-32 to back the bailout extension. There were 13 abstentions. 

Patrick Kueng from Switzerland speeds down during the last men's downhill training run of the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen February 27, 2015.

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Patrick Kueng from Switzerland in action during the last men’s downhill training run of the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Friday

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with the prime minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany 

A carnival float with papier-mache caricatures takes part in Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf

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A carnival float with papier-mache caricatures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and a figure representing Greece takes part in the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Dusseldorf. The parades in Cologne, Mainz and Dusseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season.

A demonstrator stands in a box marked 5.5% during a demonstration by the IGÂ Metall union over pay negotiations in Hanover, Germany.

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A demonstrator stands in a box marked 5.5% during a demonstration by the IGÂ Metall union over pay negotiations in Hanover, Germany

Costumed participants wearing traditional wooden masks perform in the annual carnival parade on February 12, 2015 in Mittenwald, Germany. The German Alpine Karwendel region carnival, or what is locally known as "Fasching," goes back centuries and is a celebration meant to awaken the ghosts of spring. Carnival season is in full swing across western and parts of eastern Germany and culminates on February 16 with Rose Monday

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Costumed participants wearing traditional wooden masks perform in the annual carnival parade on Thursday in Mittenwald, Germany. The German Alpine Karwendel region carnival, or what is locally known as “Fasching,” goes back centuries and is a celebration meant to awaken the ghosts of spring

A papier mache figure for carnival floats depicting Russian President Putin is pictured during preparations for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz...A papier mache figure for carnival floats depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured during preparations for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz, February 10, 2015.

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A papier mache figure for carnival floats depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured during preparations for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz on Tuesday

People walk past snow and ice covered trees on top of the Feldberg mountain during a winter day, around 20km outside of Frankfurt, February 5, 2015.

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People walk past snow and ice-covered trees on top of the Feldberg mountain during a winter day, about 20km from Frankfurt, Germany

Full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on wednesday

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Full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on Wednesday

Two swans swim in a pond as snow falls o...Two swans swim in a pond as snow falls on Duesseldorf, western Germany, on February 2, 2015.MAJA HITIJ/AFP/Getty Images

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Two swans swim in a pond as snow falls on Duesseldorf, Germany.

A man walks through the still empty rows of chairs before the beginning of the annual general meeting of Siemens AG in Munich, Germany, 27 January 2015.

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A man walks through the still empty rows of chairs before the beginning of the annual general meeting of Siemens AG in Munich on Tuesday

Two men stroll at the Kronsberg hill near Hannover, northern Germany, Friday morning, Jan. 23, 2015.

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Two men stroll at the Kronsberg hill near Hannover, northern Germany on Friday morning

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a reception for Sternsinger (carol singers) at the Chancellery in Berlin, January 7, 2015. Merkel annually receives children who take part in the Sternsinger project, collecting money for charity programs that help children in need around the world.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a reception for Sternsinger (carol singers) at the Chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday. Merkel annually receives children who take part in the Sternsinger project, collecting money for charity programs that help children in need around the world

A Christmas star on top of a sales booth is pictured against the colorful morning sky at the Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany.

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A Christmas star on top of a sales booth is pictured against the colorful morning sky at the Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany