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German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses with Senate leaders, Tuesday, June 7, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., , Merkel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Illustration on Angela Merkel's shrinking stature as leader of Germany by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to a debate of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) ** FILE **

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015, during the G-7 summit. (Michael Kappeler/Pool Photo via AP)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, listens to the President of France Francois Hollande after a statement for the media prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is among the women mentioned as potential candidates for U.N. secretary-general. (AP Photo)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, watches Honda Motor Co.’s interactive robot Asimo demonstrate, along with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation "Miraikan" Chief Executive Director Mamoru Mori during her visit to the the museum in Tokyo, Monday, March 9, 2015. Merkel is in Japan on Monday and Tuesday as part of a series of bilateral meetings with G-7 leaders ahead of a June summit in Germany. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are taking opposing tacks on Ukraine's ongoing faceoff with Russia, with Mr. Obama taking a hard-line stance and Mrs. Merkel seeking a diplomatic solution. (Associated Press)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "There is a possibility to try and bring a cease-fire" in the Russian conflict with Ukraine. (associated press)

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During a joint news conference with President Obama Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that Berlin still supported keeping Greece in the eurozone, but stood strongly behind the austerity program demanded by the Troika. (Associated Press)

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Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong addresses the media during a joint press conference as part of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a visit to Hungary on Monday that her nation will not provide military hardware to Ukraine and asserted that the war with Russia-backed forces "cannot be solved militarily." (Associated Press)

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From left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU President Donald Tusk and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas march during a rally in Paris, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool) ** FILE **

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes President of Russia Vladimir Putin, left, at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 1, 2012. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint news conference with the Prime Minster of Moldova Iurie Leanca, as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) ** FILE **

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**FILE** President Obama speaks during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 19, 2013. (Associated Press)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)