Protesters in Berlin demonstrate last month against federal government budget cuts. Here, a participant's sign criticizes the government for being disconnected from reality and power-hungry. German discontent is growing over the country's leadership -- and paymaster -- role in the European Union. Berthold Stadler/AP hide caption

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Beirut-born Ibrahim Bassal poses Tuesday near the four-story-deep German flag he has hung above his electronics shop in Berlin to show support for the German national soccer team, which plays in the World Cup quarterfinals Saturday. Displays of nationalism such as flag-waving and anthem-singing have renewed debate in Germany over the country's history of extreme patriotism. Jens Meyer/AP hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy share a joke after addressing a press conference in Berlin on Monday. Despite the smiles, the two leaders have serious disagreements over how to proceed in the eurozone's economic crisis. Rainer Jensen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bomb-disposal experts load a bomb after defusing it on Museum Island in Berlin last year. Sixty-five years after the end of World War II, unexploded ordnance and munitions are still a threat in Germany. Gero Breloer/AP hide caption

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