Leader of Germany's Free Democratic party (FDP) and Economy Minister Philipp Roesler (C) is applauded as he arrives at the FDP headquarter in Berlin on January 20, 2013 on polling day of the local elections in the central German state of Lower Saxony. The vote is largely seen as a test run for Chancellor Angela Merkel, her rivals and would-be heirs, eight months before nationwide polls. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party was ahead after the first state poll in a general election year, exit polls indicated, but it was unclear whether its coalition would cling to power. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC LAFARGUE
German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Philipp Roesler and his wife Wiebke stand under a perfomrer on stilts dressed as a demon as they attend the 2012 Bundespresseball (Federal Press Ball) at the Intercontinental Hotel on November 23, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.