German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats, CDU, Angela Merkel, smiles at the beginning of the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 26, 2012 one day after the Saarland state elections. Chancellor Angela Merkel's party won the state election in western Germany Sunday, making a promising start to a difficult series of regional ballots this year. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats, CDU, Angela Merkel, smiles at the beginning of the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 26, 2012 one day after the Saarland state elections. Chancellor Angela Merkel's party won the  state election in western Germany Sunday, making a promising start to a difficult series of regional ballots this year. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats, CDU, Angela Merkel, smiles at the beginning of the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 26, 2012 one day after the Saarland state elections. Chancellor Angela Merkel's party won the state election in western Germany Sunday, making a promising start to a difficult series of regional ballots this year. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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