Amid underlying tensions between Germany and China, Merkel is set to visit China. Relations have become more complex over recent years and the next round of consultations will likely be very busy.
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.
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has launched an international alliance calling for a ban on torture products. In an interview with DW, she said she wants to send a signal against torture and capital punishment.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking a fourth term in office, but the election race may not see a clear winner. Coalition building may prove interesting. Here's a who's who of German political parties.
Angela Merkel and the CDU have moved away from conservative positions and the SPD has disenchanted working class voters. In the German election the difference between right and left has become blurred.
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