Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrat party, attends a press conference after the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin Monday,

 

              Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrat party, attends a press conference after the party
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrat party, attends a press conference after the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Merkel says Sunday's election loss in the state of Lower Saxony months before a national vote was painful, but she's downplaying the implications for her quest for a third term. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)