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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, 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

Two cyclists are reflected in a puddle shortly after a storm on the banks of the river Rhine in Duesseldorf, Germany.

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Two cyclists are reflected in a puddle shortly after a storm on the banks of the river Rhine in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Afghani President Ashraf Ghani visits Germany...epaselect epa04516194 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Afghani President Ashraf Ghani take part in a press conference at the Federal Chancellery in†Berlin,†Germany, 05 December 2014. Ashraf Ghani is making his first official visit to Germany since becoming President.  EPA/WOLFGANG†KUMM

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Afghani President Ashraf Ghani take part in a press conference at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Ashraf Ghani is making his first official visit to Germany since becoming President.

A sheep stands amidst ice covered plants on the Hohen Meissner mountain 750 meters above sea level near Hessisch Lichtenau, northeast of Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The temperature in this area is around one degree Celsius below zero (30 degrees Fahrenheit).

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A sheep stands amid ice-covered plants on the Hohen Meissner mountain 750 meters above sea level near Hessisch Lichtenau, northeast of Frankfurt, Germany. The temperature in this area was around -1C (30 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday.

A plane of German flagship carrier Lufthansa is parked on tarmac in Frankfurt's airport, December 1, 2014. Lufthansa cancelled 1,350 flights, or 48 percent of scheduled services, for Monday and Tuesday as its pilots prepared to go on strike, their ninth walkout this year. The cancelled short-, medium- and long-haul flights will affect 150,000 passengers and wipe another single-digit million euro sum off the airline's earnings, according to analyst estimates

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A plane of German flagship carrier Lufthansa is parked on tarmac in Frankfurt’s airport on Monday. Lufthansa cancelled 1,350 flights, or 48 percent of scheduled services, for Monday and Tuesday as its pilots prepared to go on strike, their ninth walkout this year. The cancelled short-, medium- and long-haul flights will affect 150,000 passengers and wipe another single-digit million euro sum off the airline’s earnings, according to analyst estimates.

Visitors walk through the Christmas market at Roemerberg square on its opening day on November 26, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. Christmas markets, which traditionally sell mulled wine, stollen cake, Christmas tree ornaments and other crafts and are an essential part of German Christmas tradition, open across the country this week

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Visitors walk through the Christmas market at Roemerberg square on its opening day on Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany. Christmas markets, which traditionally sell mulled wine, stollen cake, Christmas tree ornaments and other crafts and are an essential part of German Christmas tradition

A tower of Ettal Abbey is seen in front of the snow-covered landscape on November 18, 2014 in Ettal, southern Germany.

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Ettal Abbey tower is viewed in front of the snow-covered landscape in Ettal, southern Germany