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German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives applause during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) election event on Sunday in Berlin. Voters have gone to the polls nationwide in elections that herald the end of Merkel's 16-year chancellorship. Clemens Bilan/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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People queue in front of a polling station in the Moabit district of Berlin, Germany. German voters are choosing a new parliament in an election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after her 16 years at the helm of Europe's biggest economy. Michael Probst/AP hide caption

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On Thursday, people in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, pass election posters of chancellor candidates Armin Laschet (from right) of the Christian Democratic Union, Annalena Baerbock of the Greens, Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic Party and Christian Lindner of the Free Democratic Party. Martin Meissner/AP hide caption

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Germans Will Choose A New Government As Angela Merkel Steps Down As Chancellor

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Social Democratic Party leader Olaf Scholz is the front-runner in the polls to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Michael Kappeler/Pool/AP hide caption

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This Is The Candidate To Beat In The Race To Become Germany's Next Leader

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