Stefan Daniel is a 51-year-old German clinical psychologist with multiple sclerosis. He has decided that he will end his life, by taking a barbiturate while sitting in his own living room, when he can no longer see or speak. Esme Nicholson for NPR hide caption

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Friday. Steinmeier will meet Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend to discuss allegations of U.S. spying. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

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A fan screams as she watches Brazil lose to Germany, in a live telecast Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The host nation is reeling from its loss in the World Cup semifinal. Bruno Magalhaes/AP hide caption

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A statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin outside an apartment complex in Schwerin, Germany. Erected in 1985, four years before communism collapsed in East Germany, it's believed to be the last Lenin statue in Germany and the town is divided over whether it should stay. The inscription reads, "Decree on land," referring to a Lenin manifesto that said workers were the real owners of the land. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Rescuers near the entrance to the Riesending cave at Untersberg mountain near Marktschellenberg, Germany, on Thursday. A seriously injured cave researcher was hauled out after spending two weeks underground. Nicolas Arner/DPA/Landov hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a session of the Bundestag Lower House of Parliament in Berlin Wednesday. Germany's top federal prosecutor told legislators today that he is opening a formal inquiry into allegations that the NSA tapped her phone. John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Russian armored vehicle on the road between Simferopol and Sevastopol in Crimea earlier this month. Russia annexed the region two weeks ago. Other Russian forces, across the border from Ukraine, may pull back in coming days. Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Germany's new defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, right, chats with German soldiers who have served in Afghanistan, at a training center in Letzlingen on Jan. 28. Von der Leyen has said she would like to see German forces participate more with other European troops in foreign peacekeeping missions. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

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German farmer Rudolf Buehler and other opponents of the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement protest with 17 pigs in front of the chancellor's office building in Berlin on Wednesday. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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