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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also is chairwoman of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party,
arrives for the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin on Monday, March 28, 2011. The CDU  suffered a major defeat Sunday in Baden-Wuerttemberg state elections after almost six decades in power there. (AP Photo/dapd/Berthold Stadler)
Photo by: Berthold Stadler
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also is chairwoman of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party, arrives for the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin on Monday, March 28, 2011. The CDU suffered a major defeat Sunday in Baden-Wuerttemberg state elections after almost six decades in power there. (AP Photo/dapd/Berthold Stadler)

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