German Chancellor Merkel pauses as she address a news conference following a board meeting of the Christian Democratic Union party in Berlin

 
German Chancellor Merkel pauses as she address a news conference following a board meeting of the Christian Democratic Union party in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pauses as she address a news conference following a board meeting of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU in Berlin January 21, 2013. Months before German general elections, Merkel received a bitter defeat in an extremely tight German state election on Sunday by losing power to the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens, who together garnered just one more seat in the Lower Saxony state assembly than the centre-right. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch