German Economy Minister and chairman of the German Liberals, Philipp Roesler, delivers a statement during an election event at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative-led coalition was in a neck-and-neck race with Germany’s center-left opposition in a state election Sunday that was a major test ahead of a national vote later this year. Lower Saxony, a region of 8 million people which occupies a swathe of northwestern Germany, has been run for the past decade by a coalition of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union and the pro-market Free Democrats, the same parties that form the national government. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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German Economy Minister and chairman of the German Liberals, Philipp Roesler, delivers a statement during an election event at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative-led coalition was in a neck-and-neck race with Germany’s center-left opposition in a state election Sunday that was a major test ahead of a national vote later this year. Lower Saxony, a region of 8 million people which occupies a swathe of northwestern Germany, has been run for the past decade by a coalition of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union and the pro-market Free Democrats, the same parties that form the national government.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
German Economy Minister and chairman of the German Liberals, Philipp Roesler, delivers a statement during an election event at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative-led coalition was in a neck-and-neck race with Germany’s center-left opposition in a state election Sunday that was a major test ahead of a national vote later this year. Lower Saxony, a region of 8 million people which occupies a swathe of northwestern Germany, has been run for the past decade by a coalition of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union and the pro-market Free Democrats, the same parties that form the national government. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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