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German Chancellor Merkel is congratulated after she was re-elected as Chancellor during a meeting in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, in Berlin...German Chancellor Angela Merkel is congratulated after she was re-elected as Chancellor during a meeting in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, in Berlin December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY  - Tags: POLITICS)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is congratulated after she was re-elected during a meeting in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament 

Protesting students wearing gas masks and carrying fake guns made of cardboard participate in a demonstration in front of the parliament in Sofia November 20, 2013. Thousands of Bulgarians joined several separate rallies on Wednesday against rampant corruption, low incomes and high unemployment in the European Union's poorest country, mounting pressure on the Socialist-led government.

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Students in gas masks and carrying cardboard fake guns demonstrate in front of the parliament in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday. Thousands of people joined rallies against corruption, low incomes and high unemployment, raising pressure on the Socialist-led government in the European Union’s poorest country.

Italy's Member of the European Parliament Ronzulli takes part with her daughter Vittoria in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg...Italy's Member of the European Parliament Licia Ronzulli (C) takes part with her daughter Vittoria (L) in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

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Italy’s Member of the European Parliament Licia Ronzulli takes her daughter Vittoria to a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France

A protester holds a placard calling for Germany to give political asylum to the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, outside the seat of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin.

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A protester holds a placard outside the Bundestag in Berlin calling for Germany to give political asylum to Edward Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu K...Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives on October 22, 2013 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, to receive the Sakharov Human Rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the Myanmar military crackdown. She won the Sakharov Prize in 1990 as the military ignored elections won by her National League for Democracy party after a bloody popular uprising was suppressed. The military put Suu Kyi under house arrest for long periods and she was only freed in 2010, having insisted all the while on the need for reform and democracy in Myanmar.           AFP PHOTO/FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, to receive the Sakharov EU human uights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the military crackdown in Myanmar 

A worker carries a bench while preparing the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 10, 2013. Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper will outline his government's agenda in the Speech from the Throne on October 16.

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Workers prepare the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, ahead of Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, delivering the Speech from the Throne on October 16, which will outline his government’s agenda

Members of Parliament (MPs) pose for pictures during the 2013 Westminster Dog of the Year competition outside Parliament in London, Britain, 10 October 2013. Proud MPs gathered with their dogs outside parliament for the annual Westminster Dog of the Year award.

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Members of Parliament pose for pictures with their pets during the annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition outside Parliament in London

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras att...Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras attends a blessing ceremony in the Greek parliament for the new season on October 7, 2013.  AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

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Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras attends a blessing ceremony for the new season in the Athens parliament 

Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi attends a Senate meeting as Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta calls for a confidence vote in Rome, October 2, 2013.  Letta said on Wednesday that the government's survival must be separated from the legal troubles of Berlusconi and that its collapse could be "fatal" for the country.

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Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi attends a Senate meeting as Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta calls for a confidence vote in Rome. Letta said on Wednesday that the government’s survival must be separated from the legal troubles of Berlusconi and that its collapse could be “fatal” for the country.

The houses of Parliament and some bubbles

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Bubbles float in front of the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.