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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, about 20km from Frankfurt, Germany
Full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on Wednesday
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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 on Tuesday
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 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
Two cyclists are reflected in a puddle shortly after a storm on the banks of the river Rhine in Duesseldorf, Germany.
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 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 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.
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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
Ettal Abbey tower is viewed in front of the snow-covered landscape in Ettal, southern Germany
An Alps panorama is reflected in the water of the Hopfensee lake near Hopfen, southern Germany
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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 and surrounding landscape in Neustadt am Rübenberge, Germany
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, 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)’ announced the longest strike in the 20-year history of the Deutsche Bahn. Strike actions are planned to last until next Monday