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Merkel suffers setback months before federal vote


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pictured during a news conference at the headquarters of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party CDU in Berlin January 21, 2013. Months before German general elections, Merkel received a bitter defeat in an extremely tight German state election by losing power to the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens, who together garnered just one more seat in the Lower Saxony state assembly than the centre-right. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay