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Penguins and politicians: Baltic leaders have a whale of a time at summit

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The members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States sit under a model of a whale at the Ozeaneum sea museum as they attend the plenary session of the summit on May 31, 2012 in Stralsund, northeastern Germany.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the summit opening.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and heads of government from 11 countries on the Baltic Sea met at the Ozeaneum sea museum in Stralsund, northeastern Germany on Thursday for the second day of a regional summit. 

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From left: Valentina Pivnenko, chairwoman of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, Danish Prime MInister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, Lithuania's Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen feed penguins at the Oceaneum during the summit in Stralsund.

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Merkel, Barroso and other leaders visit one of the oldest harbor pubs in Europe after a dinner at the start of their summit in Stralsund, May 30, 2012.