German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a panel discussion at a Europe Forum, hosted by Germany's WDR television and broadcast service, at the Foreign Ministry, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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