Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate Peer Steinbrueck and party leader Sigmar Gabriel (R) speak at a news conference at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, September 23, 2013. Germany's Angela ... more 
Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate Peer Steinbrueck and party leader Sigmar Gabriel (R) speak at a news conference at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, September 23, 2013. Germany's Angela Merkel began trying to persuade her centre-left rivals to keep her in power on Monday after her conservatives notched up their best election result in more than two decades but fell short of an absolute majority. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) less 
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