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German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands Friday with the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Martin Schulz. Merkel's conservatives reached a "breakthrough" deal with the Social Democrats toward building a new coalition government, sources close to the negotiations said. John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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German Leaders Agree On New Coalition Talks, But Hurdles Remain

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, head of the Christian Democratic Union, smiles for the media between Horst Seehofer of the Christian Social Union (left) and Martin Schulz of the Social Democratic Party. The three emerged Friday from all-night preliminary coalition talks in Berlin saying they had reached a preliminary deal. Steffi Loos/Getty Images hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a statement prior to a meeting in Berlin with conservative and Social Democratic party leaders. Jorg Carstensen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at her Berlin party headquarters Friday for talks with members of potential coalition parties to form a new government. Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Germany's Merkel, Weakened After Poor Election Showing, Struggles To Form Government

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a call for European unity in a speech at a joint campaigning event of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union in Munich, southern Germany, on Sunday. Mattias Balk/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former President of the United States Barack Obama arrive for a discussion on democracy in Berlin Thursday. Steffi Loos/Getty Images hide caption

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President Donald Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the White House on Friday. "It is much, much better to talk to one another and not about one another," Merkel said. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Solomon Yhdego gained asylum in Germany after escaping Eritrea when he was forced to join the army. John Ydstie/NPR hide caption

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For Refugees In Germany, Hope And Frustration Mark Path Toward Integration

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President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office on Saturday. It was one of five calls with foreign leaders Trump had scheduled for the day. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela stressed the importance of working toward political and economic unity Thursday, during a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin. Carsten Koall/Getty Images hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right), and British Prime Minister Theresa May (left), listen to translations during a joint news conference in Berlin on July 20. They are the two most important figures in the negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union, the so-called Brexit. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

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The Two Female Leaders Who Have To Figure Out The Brexit

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Comedian Jan Boehmermann, who performed a satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appeared at the German Television Awards in January in Duesseldorf, Germany. Mathis Wienand/Getty Images hide caption

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"I trust her, she is a very open person," Vladimir Putin said of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen here at last month's climate talks in Paris. But, he told the German daily Bild, "she is also subject to certain constraints and limitations." Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bailout Makes Germans Just As Squeamish As Greeks, For Different Reasons

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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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