German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands in front of the new bridge between Stralsund, northern Germany, and the island of Ruegen, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007. Merkel opened the spectacular new bridge on Saturday connecting the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, one of Germany's most popular tourist destinations, with the mainland. The more than 4-kilometer (2-mile) -long road bridge, which cost some euro 125 million (US$178 million), rises high above the Strelasund strait. (AP Photo/Frank Hormann)

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