German Economy minister Philipp Roesler, chairman of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) reacts at a news conference following a FDP board meeting in Berlin, September 16, 2013. German Chancellor ... more 
German Economy minister Philipp Roesler, chairman of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) reacts at a news conference following a FDP board meeting in Berlin, September 16, 2013. German Chancellor Merkel's allies of the Bavarian Christian Social Union party CSU swept to victory in a state election in Bavaria on Sunday, regaining the absolute assembly majority they lost in 2008 and providing a show of conservative strength for the chancellor a week before Germany goes to the polls. But the Bavarian ballot also delivered a worrying message for Merkel, as the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), with whom she governs Germany in a centre-right coalition, slumped to just 3 percent, below the 5 percent level needed for assembly seats. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) less 
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