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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

An Alps panorama is reflected in the wat...An Alps panorama is reflected in the water of the Hopfensee lake near Hopfen, southern Germany, on November 16, 2014.

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An Alps panorama is reflected in the water of the Hopfensee lake near Hopfen, southern Germany

People walk and cycle past the giant sculpture etitled "Popped up", on the banks of the Danube River in Ulm, Germany. The giant was made by Ervin Herve-Loranth for the Art Market Budapest 2014 - an international contemporary art fair. The sculpture has been installed to commemorate the 1989 revolution and will be in place until the end of November, at Metzgerturm (butcher tower).

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People walk and cycle past the giant sculpture etitled “Popped up”, on the banks of the Danube River in Ulm, Germany. The giant was made by Ervin Herve-Loranth for the Art Market Budapest 2014 – an international contemporary art fair

Autumn sun rises over the river Leine an...Autumn sun rises over the river Leine and surrounding landscape in Neustadt am R¸benberge, central Germany, on November 11, 2014.      AFP PHOTO / DPA / ALEXANDER K÷RNER / GERMANY OUTALEXANDER K÷RNER/AFP/Getty Images

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Autumn sun rises over the river Leine and surrounding landscape in Neustadt am Rübenberge, Germany 

Ground personnel work on November 10, 20...Ground personnel work on November 10, 2014 next to the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members of Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the United States, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. A veteran Russian cosmonaut and two International Space Station crewmates, one from the United States and one from Germany, returned safely to Earth on November 10 with a parachute landing of their Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan, ending 5,5 months in orbit.    AFP PHOTO / POOL / SHAMIL ZHUMATOVSHAMIL ZHUMATOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Ground personnel work on the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station crew members Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the US, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a special session of the German parliament to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall  at the Bundestag in Berlin, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. On Nov. 9, Germany celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall in 1989.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a special session of the German parliament to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall at the Bundestag in Berlin, on Friday

Train engines stand idle at a railway marshalling yard in Seevetal, Germany on Wednesday. Germany's train drivers' union 'Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivfuehrer (GDL)', has announced to go forward with the longest strike in the 20-year history of the Deutsche Bahn. The strike announcement on 04 November triggered condemnation from both business and political leaders. Strike actions are planned to last from Wednesday 05 November to Monday 10 November 2014.

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Train engines stand idle at a railway marshalling yard in Seevetal, Germany on Wednesday. Germany’s train drivers’ union ‘Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivfuehrer (GDL)’ announced the longest strike in the 20-year history of the Deutsche Bahn. Strike actions are planned to last until next Monday