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Merkel faces long talks with potential partners
German Chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic party, CDU, Angela Merkel, raises a finger during a news conference after a party's board meeting in Berlin, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have won an impressive third general election but she faces a delicate and lengthy task in forming a new government as party leaders met Monday to map out their next steps. Merkel's Union bloc achieved its best result in 23 years Sunday to put her on course for a third term, winning 41.5 percent of the vote and finishing only five seats short of an absolute majority in the lower house. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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