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Picture taken with long time exposure shows light traces of cars driving on the A2 highway at the exit "Lehrte" near Hanover, central Germany, on January 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Julian Stratenschulte / Germany OUTJULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/AFP/Getty Images

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Picture taken with long time exposure shows light traces of cars driving on the A2 highway at the exit “Lehrte” near Hanover, central Germany. Photo Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty

A keeper measures a hippo on January 12, 2017 in Hannover zoo.  / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Julian Stratenschulte

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A keeper measures a hippopotamus in Hannover zoo. Photo Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty

Jackie Cobell of Great Britain competes in the women's race in Woehrsee lake on January 6, 2017 in Burghausen, Germany. Swimmers will compete in several disciplines over the next few days and will be exceptionally challenged today as temperatures have plummeted well below zero.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Jackie Cobell of Great Britain competes in the women’s race in Woehrsee lake in Burghausen, Germany. Swimmers will compete in several disciplines over the next few days and will be exceptionally challenged today as temperatures have plummeted well below zero. Photo Johannes Simon/Bongarts/Getty

An elephant plays with a Christmas tree at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin

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An elephant plays with a Christmas tree at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin. Photo Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Berlin mayor Michael Mueller, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere stand in silence at the Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016, one day after a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital.

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Berlin mayor Michael Mueller, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere stand in silence at the Christmas market in Berlin, Germany one day after a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital. Photo Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters 

A trail of devastation is left behind in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, the day after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market and killed several people. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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A trail of devastation is left behind in Berlin, German the day after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market and killed several people. Photo Markus Schreiber/AP 

Journalists take pictures during a news conference of German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin Germany, December 19, 2016

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Journalists take pictures during a news conference of German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin, Germany. Photo Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters 

The pre-Alpine region near Bernbeuren, southern Germany, is pictured during the sunrise on December 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / Germany OUTKARL-JOSEF H

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The pre-Alpine region near Bernbeuren, southern Germany, is pictured during sunrise. Photo Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa/AFP 

Flowers, candles and messages left by mourners adorn a tree near the spot where Maria L., a 19-year-old medical student, was raped and murdered on December 8, 2016 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Police have arrested Hussein K., a refugee from Afghanistan who was 16 at the time of the October murder, after identifying him through CCTV camera images and DNA evidence. The likely fact that a refugee is responsible for the murder has grown into a poltical issue, with a local branch of the right-wing AfD (Alternative fuer Deutschland) political party quick to point a finger at what they deem as Germany's over-liberal policy on admitting over one million refugees and migrants since 2015. Meanwhile critics have blasted German television station ARD for failing to report on the arrest in its Tagesschau news broadcast in what many right-leaning analysts see as pro-refugee bias by the media.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Flowers, candles and messages left by mourners adorn a tree near the spot where Maria L., a 19-year-old medical student, was raped and murdered in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German Chancellor and leader of the conservative CDU Merkel reacts after her speech at the CDU party convention in Essen

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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 

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Seagulls sit on poles in Friedrichshafen at the Bodensee (Lake Constance), southern Germany. Photo Lino Mirgeler/dpa/AFP/Getty 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on November 23, 2016 in Berlin. Merkel addressed the parliament on key domestic and foreign issues during a week of budget debate. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session at the Bundestag in Berlin. Merkel addressed the parliament on key domestic and foreign issues during a week of budget debate. Photo Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty

U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, November 17, 2016.      REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch  - RTX2U4LR

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U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Photo Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters 

Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller places a rose in a crack during the central event to commemorate the 1989 Peaceful Revolution in the GDR at the Berlin Wall memorial site in Berlin, Germany, 09 November 2016. 09 November marks a significant date in German history when both the Fall of the Wall as well as the Kristallnacht (Cyrstal Night, or Night of Broken Glass) are commemorated.  EPA/MAURIZIO GAMBARINI

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Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller places a rose in a crack during the central event to commemorate the 1989 Peaceful Revolution in the GDR at the Berlin Wall memorial site in Berlin, Germany. November 9 marks a significant date in German history when both the Fall of the Wall as well as the Kristallnacht (Cyrstal Night, or Night of Broken Glass) are commemorated. Photo Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Fishermen hold a net with carps during the fish harvest of the Muritz-Plau fishing company at a pond in Boek, northeastern Germany, on November 8, 2016. The company expects a harvest of around 35 tons of table carps that will be sold during the year-end business. Carp is a traditional dish in Germany for the New Year's Eve. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Bernd Wastneck / Germany OUTBERND WUSTNECK/AFP/Getty Images

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Fishermen hold a net with carps during the fish harvest of the Muritz-Plau fishing company at a pond in Boek, northeastern Germany, on November 8, 2016.
The company expects a harvest of around 35 tons of table carps that will be sold during the year-end business. Photo Bernd Wustneck /AFP/Getty Images

A man rides a bicycle between trees at foggy autumn weather with temperatures by five degrees near the village Groebenzell near Munich, southern Germany

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A man rides a bicycle between trees at foggy autumn weather with temperatures by five degrees near the village Groebenzell near Munich, southern Germany. Photo Christof Stache/AFP

Various masks are on sale at the "maskworld" costume store in Berlin

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Various masks are on sale at the “maskworld” costume store in Berlin. Photo Tobias Schwartz/AFP

The installation 'Zeitfeld' by Klaus Rinke in Duesseldorf, Germany, 26 October 2016. The European Summer Time ends on 30 October, when clocks will be set back one hour during the night.  EPA/MAJA HITIJ

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The installation ‘Zeitfeld’ by Klaus Rinke in Duesseldorf, Germany. The European Summer Time ends on October 30 when clocks will be set back one hour during the night. Photo Maja Hitij/EPA 

German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (top, C) gives a statement on a decision decision of the country's Constitutional Court on the approval of the planned EU-Canada free trade deal, on October 13, 2016 in Berlin. Germany's top court the government the go-ahead to approve a planned EU-Canada free trade deal, in a setback for activists who had sought to block the agreement. The Constitutional Court did set certain conditions however, stipulating that Germany may only commit to the so-called CETA deal if it wins assurances that it can quit the accord at a later stage if asked to do so by the court. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Kay Nietfeld / Germany OUTKAY NIETFELD/AFP/Getty Images

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German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (top, C) gives a statement on a decision decision of the country’s Constitutional Court on the approval of the planned EU-Canada free trade deal in Berlin. Photo Kay Nietfeld/dpa/AFP/Getty 

Greek presidental guards walk down from the ancient Acropolis in Athens, on October 12, 2016, as people gather during a ceremony marking the liberation of the city from the German occupiers during the World War II. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

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Greek presidental guards walk down from the ancient Acropolis in Athens as people gather during a ceremony marking the liberation of the city from the German occupiers during the World War II. Photo Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images