Angela Merkel's CDU and the SPD have agreed on a blueprint for formal grand coalition negotiations. The left wing of the Social Democrats appears to have been forced into the most concessions.
Germany's prospective deal for Chancellor Angela Merkel to head another grand coalition has been slammed by industry leaders as "expensive." Asylum advocates say it hands hard-liners a "triumph" over human rights.
After a mammoth last round of meetings, it seems the leaders of the conservatives and Social Democrats have achieved a breakthrough to enter into coalition talks. So what happens next?
Who is CDU head Angela Merkel? Reuters journalist Andreas Rinke examined the German chancellor in a "lexicon." Before the German election he's traced the private and political life of Europe's most powerful woman.
The SPD's party chief has been forced to perform a U-turn: From categorically ruling out another grand coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives to accepting, albeit reluctantly, the inevitable.
Although 67 percent of Germans think Merkel is no longer the leader she once was, they don't see many alternatives. According to a new survey, three-quarters of the country think it's time for a change at her CDU party.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office and the next task of building a coalition is already proving interesting. Here's a look at Germany's political parties: who they are and what they want.
There will be significantly fewer women in Germany's new parliament, but more lawmakers with immigrant roots. The average MP age has dipped only slightly. Here is a demographic overview of the new Bundestag.
Fot the first time in decades, a far-right party is represented in the German parliament. The Alternative for Germany is already in 14 state legislatures — so what can we expect from the AfD in Berlin?
After the SPD's crushing defeat in Sunday's elections, Labor Minister Andrea Nahles will be the first woman to head the party's parliamentary group. It's a key role as the party is striving to reinvent itself.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) co-chair Frauke Petry has said she'll leave the party — without specifying when. On Monday she announced she would not sit with the party's parliamentary group in the Bundestag.
The "Queen of Europe" is keeping her crown, much to Brussels' relief. But after securing a fourth term as German chancellor, the coalition-building that Angela Merkel faces next will test her famous cool.
The right-wing AfD has entered Germany's parliament for the first time in September's election. It came in second strongest party in its stronghold of Pasewalk, which locals say is a 'victim of German reunification.'
The rise of the far-right AfD and losses for two major parties in Germany's election may have shaken up the country's political landscape in a dramatic fashion. But the key takeaway in the US is more mundane.
The CDU is not only Germany's leading party. It is also an institution that's very much the product of history. But has the CDU moved so far to the center that it is no longer truly conservative?
The SPD came second again in the German election on September 24 2017. Germany's Social Democrats are one of the world's oldest democratic parties. It looks back on a tumultuous history.
DW looks at the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, entering the Bundestag as the third largest party. Its main appeal is its opposition to Angela Merkel's open-door policy toward migrants.
How a disenchanted Christian Democrat and a business-savvy political novice became the far-right nationalist candidates.
After four years without representation in the Bundestag, the FDP is back. Here's what you need to know about the small party that could hold the keys to power.
Germany's Greens have been trailblazers for ecological movements around the world. But since the 1980s they have become increasingly conservative — making a coalition with Angela Merkel's CDU a real possibility.
Since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the borders to refugees in 2015, asylum and immigration topics have dominated German politics. Where do the right-wing AfD and the mainstream parties stand on these issues?
With Germany playing a larger international role, foreign policy and global security are major campaign issues. Here's where the major political parties stand on issues ranging from NATO to North Korea.
Hardly anyone could have imagined that talks to form a new German government would collapse. Anything's possible, from minority rule to a fresh vote. One thing's clear: it's a blow for Angela Merkel, says DW's Ines Pohl.
Agreeing on who will be Germany's next chancellor is one of the goals of coalition talks. But it's not a done deal until the Bundestag votes him or her in. DW explains how it works.
The far-right AfD will be the third-largest party in the Bundestag. This will have no immediate effect on policy per se, but will alter the political tone. In a nutshell: things are about to get a lot nastier.
After the 2017 election, the far-right populist party enters the Bundestag for the first time. But who exactly are some of the Alternative for Germany's representatives — and what have they said and done?
The right-wing AfD was the strongest party in Germany's eastern state of Saxony in parliamentary elections last Sunday. DW's Daniel Pelz went to the city of Görlitz to find out how residents feel about the results.
The far-right AfD snagged 13.2 percent of the vote in Duisburg. The former steel town has long been a working class stronghold for the Social Democrats but many residents say frustrated voters felt "forgotten" by Berlin.
Israelis have expressed consternation over the entry of the far-right populist AfD party into Germany's Bundestag. Prime Minister Netanyahu has warned of rising anti-Semitism, reports Miriam Dagan in Tel Aviv.
Translating Germany's political parties into American equivalents is a difficult but revealing proposition. Where would Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, fall in the German landscape? DW maps it out.
Is Angela Merkel's Christian conservatism similar to Theresa May's? Why doesn't the SPD use the word "Labour"? Just how different can two "liberal" parties be? And has the AfD soaked up all the ugliest aspects of UKIP?
Following the federal election, the SPD has announced it will go into opposition. What role does the main opposition party play in the Bundestag?
Like many voters all over the world, Germans can contest the results or the procedure of a general election. DW tells you how they do it and who is involved.
Eighteen times in the post-war era Germans have headed to the polls to elect a national parliament and, with it, a chancellor. These are the men and woman who have come out on top.
Even before the 2017 election, Angela Merkel showed a knack for neutralizing or sidelining politicians who got in her way. This applies as much to members of her own party as to rivals in other parties.
No change in Germany: Angela Merkel will stay on as chancellor. Germans like constancy. However, Merkel has some major tasks to fulfill during her fourth term in office.
Over a decade after it was introduced, Germany's sweeping reform package Agenda 2010 continues to divide the country.
The outcome of the Bundestag election won't make federal policy any easier, and not just because of the AfD. Forming a government will probably be a lengthy task, says DW's Christoph Strack.
German political parties each have their stronghold. Germany's Left party dominates the Berlin district of Lichtenberg. 27 years after reunification, how much does the party rely on its East German past?
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