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A man sells balloons in the city centre of Hanover, central Germany, on December 16, 2015.

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A man sells balloons in the city centre of Hanover, central Germany, on Wednesday

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a  toy wolf she got as a present during a party convention of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in Karlsruhe, Germany, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015.   Merkel faces a congress of her conservative party amid tensions over her management of the migrant influx.  ( AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a toy wolf she got as a present during a party convention of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in Karlsruhe, Germany

Journalists hover in a cage over fog covered Frankfurt am Main to watch the construction site of the Henninger tower in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany, on Tuesday

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Journalists hover in a cage over fog covered Frankfurt am Main to watch the construction site of the Henninger tower in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany, on Tuesday

Two penguins swim in their pool while others stand outside the water in their enclosure in the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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Two penguins swim in their pool while others stand outside the water in their enclosure at Frankfurt Zoo

Silberberg Tunnel on the new ICE route...epa05058295 Construction workers stand next to the tracks for the future German high-speed ICE train route inside the 'Silberberg Tunnel' near Grossbreitenbach, Germany, 07 December 2015. The Silberberg Tunnel is 7,391 meters long and the second longest tunnel on the new route between Ebensfeld and Erfurt.  EPA/MARTIN†SCHUTT

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Construction workers stand next to the tracks for the future German high-speed ICE train route inside the Silberberg Tunnel near Grossbreitenbach, Germany 

A jogger is silhouetted as he passes by a bridge over the river Elbe in Dresden, eastern Germany, Friday morning, Dec. 4, 2015.

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A jogger is silhouetted as he passes by a bridge over the river Elbe in Dresden, eastern Germany, Friday morning

Micaela Widmer of Switzerland competes during the women's race at the Skeleton World Cup in Altenberg, eastern Germany, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

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Micaela Widmer of Switzerland competes during the women’s race at the Skeleton World Cup in Altenberg, eastern Germany, Friday

Snow-covered trees are mirrored in the water of the Weissensee lake near Fuessen, southern Germany, on Thursday.

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Snow-covered trees are mirrored in the water of the Weissensee lake near Fuessen, southern Germany, on Thursday

A plane crosses contrails as it prepares to land at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on November 16, 2015.

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A plane crosses contrails as it prepares to land at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on Monday

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