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German politicians on Sunday condemned comments by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that Germans denied the existence of Nazi concentration camps as "unacceptable" and "absurd".Social Democrat General Secretary Yasmin Fahimi described the comments as "repugnant, shocking and completely unacceptable", and told Reuters, "These lapses ... not only damage the image of Italy but also endanger the political culture and values of Europe."She demanded that conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel respond. Merkel's Christian Democrats are allies of Berlusconi's Forza Italia in the European parliament's European Peoples Party conservative grouping.CDU General-Secretary Peter Tauber said the comments were "so absurd that they don't deserve commenting on".Berlusconi said on Saturday: "According to the Germans, there never were concentration camps." Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos remains the frontrunner to win a second term in office in next month's election, but his two closest rivals are gaining ground, according to a poll published on Sunday. Twenty-three percent said they would vote for the center-right incumbent in the first round of voting on May 25, one percentage point less than in the last poll in March and five less than two months ago, according to the survey by Ipsos Napoleon Franco published in weekly Semana magazine. A lack of clear message in the campaign combined with lingering anger over his handling of a national protest last year in the farm sector contributed to a decline in support for Santos, the poll said. Taking a dig at Manmohan Singh for his comments that there was no Modi wave, Narendra Modi Sunday said that whatever the prime minister has seen over the last 10 years was through the eyes of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. "The prime minister told media persons in Guwahati that he does not see a Modi wave. I ask the prime minister, ok, you don't see a wave. You see things through the eyes of the mother-son (Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi)."

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