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HOYERSWERDA, GERMANY - JULY 07:  A mural on the side of communist-era apartment blocks shows a father tossing his daughter into the air on July 7, 2015 in Hoyerswerda, Germany. Hoyerswerda was largely built by the communist East German authorities in the 1950s in order to house workers needed for nearby coal mines, power plants and factories, and by 1981 had a population of over 70,000. After the collapse of the communist government in 1989 the factories shut down and coal production declined, resulting in a population that has sunk to around 34,000 today, making Hoyerswerda the city with the starkest population decline in Germany. 25 years since German reunification eastern Germany is struggling with a low birth rate, rural emigration and unemployment rates higher than in western Germany.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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A mural on the side of communist-era apartment blocks shows a father tossing his daughter into the air 5 in Hoyerswerda, Germany. Hoyerswerda was largely built by the communist East German authorities in the 1950s in order to house workers needed for nearby coal mines, power plants and factories, and by 1981 had a population of over 70,000. After the collapse of the communist government in 1989 the factories shut down and coal production declined, resulting in a population that has sunk to around 34,000 today, making Hoyerswerda the city with the starkest population decline in Germany. 25 years since German reunification eastern Germany is struggling with a low birth rate, rural emigration and unemployment rates higher than in western Germany. 

A Polish harvest helper poses with German 'Virgin' tobacco in a field in Bad Krozingen, Germany on Wednesday

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A Polish harvest helper poses with German ‘Virgin’ tobacco in a field in Bad Krozingen, Germany on Wednesday

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi of Italy pulls a wheelie during the first training session of the MotoGP Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring Circuit on July 10, 2015 in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany.

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Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi of Italy pulls a wheelie during the first training session of the MotoGP Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring Circuit on Friday in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany.

A model wears a creation of designer Anja Gockel Spring/Summer 2015 fashion collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

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A model wears a creation of designer Anja Gockel Spring/Summer 2015 fashion collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin on Wednesday

British Queen visits Germany...epa04819410 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets members of the public as she walks across the Pariser Platz square in Berlin,†Germany, 26 June 2015. Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh are on their fifth state visit to Germany, taking place from 23 to 26 June.  EPA/JOHN MACDOUGALL / POOL

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II greets members of the public as she walks across the Pariser Platz square in Berlin, Germany. Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh are on their fifth state visit to Germany

TOPSHOTS Germany's Chancellor Angela Mer...TOPSHOTS Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) gestures while chatting with US President  Barack Obama sitting on a bench outside the Elmau Castle after a working session of a G7 summit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on June 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MICHAEL KAPPELERMICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images

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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures while chatting with US President Barack Obama sitting on a bench outside the Elmau Castle after a working session of a G7 summit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany

France's President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, U.S. President  Barack Obama, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L-R) attend the third working session of a G7 summit at the hotel castle Elmau in Kruen, Germany, June 8, 2015. Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations vowed at a summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday to keep sanctions against Russia in place until President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-backed separatists fully implement the terms of a peace deal for Ukraine

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France’s President François Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, US President Barack Obama, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper attend the third working session of a G7 summit at the hotel Schloss Elmau in Krün, Germany, on Monday

Helpers hold a balloon of the developmental advocacy and campaigning organisation 'ONE' depicting US President Barack Obama while it is filled with air on the Odeonsplatz in Munich, Germany, 05 June 2015. State and government leaders of the G7 countries are meeting on 07 and 08 June 2015 in Schloss Elmau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Helpers hold a balloon of the developmental advocacy and campaigning organisation ‘ONE’ depicting US President Barack Obama while it is filled with air on the Odeonsplatz in Munich on Friday

Activists of global anti-poverty charity Oxfam wearing masks depicting leaders of the member countries of the G7 (L-R) Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron, protest prior to the G7 summit, in Munich, Germany June 3, 2015. The Group of Seven (G7) two-day summit, being held at Elmau palace in Bavaria, begins on Sunday

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Activists of global anti-poverty charity Oxfam wearing masks depicting leaders of the member countries of the G7 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron, protest prior to the G7 summit, in Munich, Germany on Thursday

Two police officers with the Federal Police Riding Squad ride past a cow in the German-Austian border region near Mittenwald, Germany, 03 June 2015. Government leaders from the G7 countries are meeting for their summit meeting from 07 to 08 June 2015 in Schloss Elmau.

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Two police officers with the Federal Police Riding Squad ride past a cow in the German-Austian border region near Mittenwald, Germany on Wednesday. Government leaders from the G7 countries are meeting for their summit from Saturday in Schloss Elmau

British Prime Minister David Cameron in Berlin...epa04773607 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) receives British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) with military honors at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 29 May 2015. Cameron is on a tour through the European capitals. He wants to negotiate reforms in the UK's EU membership before the referendum planned for the end of 2017.  EPA/MAURIZIO†GAMBARINI

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives British Prime Minister David Cameron with military honors at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Cameron is on a tour through the European capitals. He wants to negotiate reforms in the UK’s EU membership before the referendum planned for the end of 2017 

Chancellor Merkel Visits Sanofi Plant...FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - MAY 28:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) wears a lab coat as she visits the new production facility for sterile glass vials at the Sanofi pharmaceuticals plant on May 28, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. Merkel is visiting the factory, which produces antibiotics and insulin, ahead of the upcoming G7 summit, where the global struggle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria is among topics to be discussed by G7 leaders.  (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a lab coat as she visits the new production facility for sterile glass vials at the Sanofi pharmaceuticals plant in Frankfurt, Germany 

Feature Sunrise Lights...epa04761495 Sunrise lights up by the foggy landscape in Reitwein, (Brandenburg), Germany, early morning 22 May 2015.  EPA/PATRICK PLEUL

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Sunrise in Reitwein, (Brandenburg), Germany 

A tourist takes pictures of an alpine panorama from a platform of Germany highest mountain Zugspitze, 2962 meters, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany on Monday

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A tourist takes pictures of the alpine panorama from a platform on Germany highest mountain, Zugspitze, 2962 meters high, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on Monday

The evening sky in Schwangau, southern Germany, is illuminated by lightning during thunderstorms

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The evening sky in Schwangau, southern Germany, is illuminated by lightning during thunderstorms

Elephant Voi Nam grabs some apples wiht ...Elephant Voi Nam grabs some apples wiht his trunk at his enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on May 8, 2015.     AFP PHOTO / DPA / LUKAS SCHULZE   +++   GERMANY OUTLukas Schulze/AFP/Getty Images

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Elephant Voi Nam grabs some apples with his trunk at his enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany 

Aerial view of sailing boats that lay in...Aerial view of sailing boats that lay in the water of Lake Starnberg which water is covered with pollen near Starnberg, southern Germany, on May 8, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / DPA / PETER KNEFFEL +++ GERMANY OUTPETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images

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Aerial view of sailing boats that lay in the water of Lake Starnberg which water is covered with pollen near Starnberg, southern Germany

Film dog Tom Tom plays with a camera at a presentation for the dog and cat show in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The eight year old Tibetan terrier played in several TV shows and commercials and shows his talents at the fair in DortmunFilm dog Tom Tom plays with a camera at a presentation for the dog and cat show in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The eight year old Tibetan terrier played in several TV shows and commercials and shows his talents at the fair in Dortmund. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)d. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Film dog Tom Tom plays with a camera at a presentation for the dog and cat show in Dortmund, Germany. The eight year old Tibetan terrier played in several TV shows and commercials

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.