With just over a month to go until Germany votes, the opposition Social Demcorats are struggling. Many blame Peer Steinbrück - the candidate chosen to challenge Angela Merkel.
Chancellor Merkel faces a historic task in forging a "Jamaica coalition" of the conservatives, Free Democrats and Greens. The parties have a long way to go to bridge their differences, and have no option but to succeed.
Three weeks after the federal election in Germany, the state of Lower Saxony is holding an election for a new regional parliament. The poll could reveal voter sentiment as coalition talks are held in Berlin.
With the elections over, German lawmakers are discussing the seating chart for the next Bundestag. The question of where to place the country's newest parliamentary party, the far-right AfD, is dominating the debate.
The people wanted something new and that's what they'll get. Currently being negotiated in Berlin, the next government would take the country into uncharted waters. And that's a good thing, says DW's Jefferson Chase.
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