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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU stands in front of her election campaign tour bus before a CDU board meeting in Berlin September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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The top candidate in the upcoming German general elections of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Peer Steinbrueck, drinks beer at a SPD organised screening of his TV duel with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) in Berlin, September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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People walk inside the dome of the Reichstag building, the seat of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, September 16, 2013. German voters will take to the polls in a general election on September 22. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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Supporters of the euro-critical Alternative for Germany AFD party, dressed as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (R) stack mock 500 euro banknotes during an election campaign rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with her challenger, the top candidate in the upcoming German general elections of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Peer Steinbrueck, during their TV duel in Berlin, September 1, 2013. German voters will take to the polls in a general election on September 22. REUTERS/ARD/Max Kohr/Pool

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People watch a TV duel of German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) with her challenger, the top candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in the upcoming German general elections Peer Steinbrueck, in a restaurant in Berlin, September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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A cyclist rides near a giant mosaic showing the hands of German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel, which is composed of single photographs of hands, near Berlin's main train station, September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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A young supporter of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) holds a placard with the nickname of German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel, after a CDU election campaign event in Bonn August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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A worker pastes up an election poster showing Rainer Bruederle, the top candidate of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) in the upcoming German general elections, in Berlin, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) Angela Merkel attends a CDU election campaign event in Potsdam September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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Peer Steinbrueck, Social Democratic party (SPD) challenger, addresses an election campaign rally in the western German city of Wuppertal September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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A ballot box is sealed with a lead before the upcoming German general election in a Munich storage September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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Supporters of German Chancellor and conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel are pictured during the election campaign rally in Duesseldorf September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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The top-candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Peer Steinbrueck reacts during a town-hall style election rally event at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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People people watch a TV duel between German Chancellor Angela Merkel (on screen) of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and her challenger, the top candidate in the upcoming German general elections of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Peer Steinbrueck (not pictured), at a SPD organised screening event in Berlin, September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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Sebastian Haas, employee of the Ellerhold Zirndorf printing plant, checks a freshly printed election campaign poster depicting Social Democratic (SPD) Chief candidate Peer Steinbrueck, in Zirndorf near Nuremberg August 28, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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A staff member puts finishing touches to a wax figure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel before its presentation at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Berlin, September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder greets the audience as he supports Social Democratic top candidate Peer Steinbrueck (SPD) during an election campaign in Hanover, August 21, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian state Premier Horst Seehofer shake hands after a Christian Democratic Union election campaign meeting in Augsburg September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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Peer Steinbrueck, Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate in the upcoming German general elections, arrives for an election campaign meeting in Munich September 12, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union CDU leader Angela Merkel is pictured on video screens as she makes a speech during the election campaign rally in Duesseldorf September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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German Chancellor and conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel waves to the crowd after an election campaign rally in front of the ancient Roman city gate and UNESCO World Heritage site, the Porta Nigra (Black Gate), in Trier near the Luxembourg and French border September 4, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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A supporter of Social Democratic top candidate Peer Steinbrueck (SPD) rides with his bicycle to an election campaign event in the western city of Muenster August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) arrives for a TV duel with her challenger, the top candidate in the upcoming German general elections of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Peer Steinbrueck, in Berlin, September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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Social Democratic top candidate Peer Steinbrueck (SPD) delivers his speech during an election campaign rally in Hamburg, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

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People wearing masks of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and her challenger, the top candidate in the upcoming German general elections of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Peer Steinbrueck, during a protest outside the venue for a TV duel calling for a clear commitment to the energy transition in Berlin, September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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A worker pastes up an election poster showing the top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the upcoming German general elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Berlin, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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