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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, waves to the crowd as she attends an election campaign rally together with Norbert Roettgen, right, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU for the North-Rhine Westphalian federal state elections in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Germany's most populous federal state will go to the polls next Sunday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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