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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.

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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

Workers transport a model of a dinosaur  at the exhibition 'World of Dinosaurs'  at a former lignite surface mining area   in Grosspoesna near Leipzig, central Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. More  than 50  exhibits of different species of dinosaurs  are on display  until  Nov. 30, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

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Workers transport a model of a dinosaur at the exhibition ‘World of Dinosaurs’ at a former lignite surface mining area in Grosspoesna near Leipzig, central Germany

Doves  sit  on  cables at   a former lignite surface mining area in  Grosspoesna near Leipzig, central Germany.

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Doves sit on cables at a former lignite surface mining area in Grosspoesna near Leipzig, central Germany.

A man clears  away snow at an open air beer garden  on Great Arber mountain, near Bayerisch Eisenstein southern Germany.

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A man clears away snow at an open air beer garden on Great Arber mountain, near Bayerisch Eisenstein southern Germany.

Strollers watch the sunset at the Olympic park in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday evening, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, Sven Hoppe)

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Strollers watch the sunset at the Olympic park in Munich, southern Germany

A Lufthansa aircraft lands at the Frankfurt, central Germany, airport Monday morning. The Vereinigung Cockpit union announced a 35-hour strike at Lufthansa's short-haul fleet starting mid-Monday, the latest in a string of walkouts over retirement benefits.

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A Lufthansa aircraft lands at the Frankfurt, central Germany, airport Monday morning. The Vereinigung Cockpit union announced a 35-hour strike at Lufthansa’s short-haul fleet starting mid-Monday, the latest in a string of walkouts over retirement benefits

Dog "Lotti" wears a traditional Bavarian...Dog "Lotti" wears a traditional Bavarian "Dirndl" dress on September 29, 2014 in Straubing, southern Germany. Animal fashion designer Hildegard Bergbauer designs dog outfits in "Lederhosen" (leather trousers) and "Dirndl" (Heidi-dress) style.

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Dog “Lotti” wears a traditional Bavarian “Dirndl” dress in Straubing, southern Germany. Animal fashion designer Hildegard Bergbauer designs dog outfits in “Lederhosen” (leather trousers) and “Dirndl” (Heidi-dress) style. 

Farmer Harald Wenske drives his boat, loaded with pumpkins, on a so-called Fliess, which is a water vein of the river Spree near the village of Lehde, eastern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, Patrick Pleul)

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Farmer Harald Wenske drives his boat, loaded with pumpkins, on a so-called Fliess, which is a water vein of the river Spree near the village of Lehde, eastern Germany 

German Chancellor Merkel and Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani listen to national anthems before talks at the Chancellery in Berlin...German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd L) and Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (L) listen to their national anthems before talks at the Chancellery in Berlin, September 17, 2014.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani listen to their national anthems before talks at the Chancellery in Berlin Germany