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Carnival revellers celebrate the start of the carnival season in Cologne...Carnival revellers throw confetti as they celebrate the start of the carnival season in Cologne November 11, 2015. In many parts of Germany, at 11:11am on November 11, people mark the official start of carnival, a season of controlled raucous fun that reaches a climax during the days before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.      REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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Carnival revellers throw confetti as they celebrate the start of the carnival season in Cologne November. In many parts of Germany, at 11:11am on November 11, people mark the official start of carnival

A tree stands in the morning fog in Dresden, Germany

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A tree stands in the morning fog in Dresden, Germany

Volkswagen Wolfsburg...epa05010249 Construction work and a crane can be seen over the VW†logo on the administrative building of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg,†Germany, 04 November 2015. Hundreds of thousands of VW diesel cars - but also gas engines - might have used more gas and therefore emitted more CO2 than stated by the manufacturer. The company will accrue billions of euros worth of losses.  EPA/PETER STEFFEN

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A crane can be seen over the VW logo on the administrative building of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg. Thousands of VW diesel cars and gas engines might have used more gas and emitted more CO2 than stated by the manufacturer 

A cyclist drives past wafts of mist rising from a tributary of the Weisse Elster river in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on Tuesday

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A cyclist drives past wafts of mist rising from a tributary of the Weisse Elster river in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on Tuesday

Morning sun...epa05007143 An aerial view of autumn trees along the shore of a quarry pond in Cologne,†Germany, 02 November 2015.  EPA/HENNING KAISER

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An aerial view of autumn trees along the shore of a quarry pond in Cologne, Germany 

A woman adjusts the hat of a member of the honour guards

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A woman adjusts the hat of a member of the honour guards before a welcoming ceremony for the visiting Germany’s President Joachim Gauck outside the national parliament building at Sukhbaatar square, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Pale light hangs in a pine forest during a rainy autumn morning

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Pale light hangs in a pine forest during a rainy autumn morning

First snow of the season covers trees next to a country road near Zwoenitz, eastern Germany, on Wednesday

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First snow of the season covers trees next to a country road near Zwoenitz, eastern Germany, on Wednesday

Visitors stand in front of the monumental panoramic artwork 'Great Barrier Reef', which is printed on cloth widths, of artist Yadegar Asisi during a press preview at the Asisi Panometer in Leipzig, central Germany, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. On a 1:1 scale, the panorama presents the unique underwater world of the coral reef off the coast of Australia in all its fragile beauty and complexity. The exhibition opens for visitors on Oct. 3, 2015.

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Visitors stand in front of the monumental panoramic artwork ‘Great Barrier Reef’, which is printed on cloth widths, of artist Yadegar Asisi during a press preview at the Asisi Panometer in Leipzig, central Germany, Friday. On a 1:1 scale, the panorama presents the unique underwater world of the coral reef off the coast of Australia in all its fragile beauty and complexity

A worker walks past a bucket-wheel excavator in the Welzow Sued open-pit lignite coal mine on Friday near Welzow, Germany. The Welzow Sued mine feeds the Schwarze Pumpe and Jaenschwalde power stations and is owned by Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company that recently announced it will sell its eastern German coal mines and power plants. Before the communist government of East Germany collapsed in 1989 open-pit coal mines were a vital source of employment in the region and their decline has pulled the local economy down with them. 25 years since German reunification eastern Germany is struggling with a low birth rate, rural emigration and unemployment rates higher than in western Germany. The Welzow Sued mine is one of five left in the Lausatz region from 17 that existed in 1989. It is scheduled to remain in operation until 2042

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A worker walks past a bucket-wheel excavator in the Welzow Sued open-pit lignite coal mine on Friday near Welzow, Germany

A Hyundai N 50 Gran Turismo concept automobile, produced by Hyundai Motor Co., sits on display at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The Frankfurt International Motor Show starts on Thursday, and nearly one million visitors are expected to view the latest must-have vehicles and motoring technology from over 1,000 exhibitors in a space equivalent to 33 soccer fields

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A Hyundai N 50 Gran Turismo concept automobile, produced by Hyundai Motor Co., sits on display at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany

BMW CEO Krueger is helped after he collapsed at a presentation during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt...BMW CEO Harald Krueger (C) is helped after he collapsed at a presentation during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015.

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BMW CEO Harald Krueger is helped after he collapsed at a presentation during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany

Veiled Infiniti cars are pictured during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Veiled Infiniti cars are pictured during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany.

Young seals waiting to be fed at the seal sanctuary in Norden, Germany

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Young seals waiting to be fed at the seal sanctuary in Norden, Germany

 The early morning sun shines on columns of smoke rising from the chimneys of the coal power plant in Hohenhameln, Germany, on Thursday. Sunshine and patchy clouds were forecast in the area

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The early morning sun shines on columns of smoke rising from the chimneys of the coal power plant in Hohenhameln, Germany, on Thursday

German Bundestag budget meeting...epa04923343 German Chancellor Angela Merkel winks at a colleague in the parliament building in Berlin, Germany, 10 September 2015. The German parliament continues to discuss the budget for 2016.  EPA/KAY NIETFELD

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel winks at a colleague in the parliament building in Berlin, Germany. The German parliament continues to discuss the budget for 2016 

The so-called "Stone Age"-travellers, Lukas Heinen, Veronika Hocke and Marco Hocke walk in the forest near Altenbeken, western Germany, on their way from Detmold to Bonn

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The so-called “Stone Age”-travellers, Lukas Heinen, Veronika Hocke and Marco Hocke walk in the forest near Altenbeken, western Germany, on their way from Detmold to Bonn

Anky van Grunsven ot the Netherlands  competes on Whizashiningwalla BB during the Reining team final at the FEI European Championships in Aachen, Germany, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.

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Anky van Grunsven ot the Netherlands competes on Whizashiningwalla BB during the Reining team final at the FEI European Championships in Aachen, Germany, Friday

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Two cyclists and their dog silhouette against the evening sky in Klein Guebs, a village close to Magdeburg, eastern Germany, as Magdeburg’s Cathedral can be seen in the background.

Cyclists reflect in a puddle and silhouette against the sky as sun sets near Guelpe, northeastern Germany

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Cyclists reflect in a puddle and silhouette against the sky as sun sets near Guelpe, northeastern Germany