"The question arising from this election is whether people still follow Merkel's way of doing politics in Germany."
- ERIK FLOEGGEa German student, who supported the Social Democrats Party (SPD) in the North Rhine-Westphalia state election, in which Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat
"I wouldn't like to think that the statesmen of Germany are capable of reanimating the methods of the cold war."
- OLEG VOLOSHINUkrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman, criticizing Chancellor Angela Merkel's threat to boycott the Euro 2012 soccer championships, co-hosted by Ukraine, unless the government frees imprisoned opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko
"It's a disgrace and mortifying for Germany, and we'll do everything we can to get to the bottom of this. We owe that to the victims."
- ANGELA MERKELGerman Chancellor, promising a full investigation after it was revealed that a cell of neo-Nazis apparently carried out a series of killings over seven years without being detected
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