"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
"Pardon, Madame Merkel!"
- FRANCOIS HOLLANDEthe new French President, in his first words to Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, having arrived late to talks in Berlin due to his plane being struck by lightning
"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
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