Chancellor Merkel has scored a historic electoral victory. Her conservatives are close to an absolute majority, their best result in decades. Her coalition partners, the FDP, suffered their worst reult on record and appear to be out of parliament.
There was plenty of turmoil to fuel a heated debate in the first open session of the current German parliament. But people expecting new strategies from Angela Merkel were likely disappointed, DW's Sabine Kinkartz says.
This legislative term's first open session began with an incendiary speech by the far-right populist AfD. But the chancellor refused to take the bait, offering a detail-heavy defense of her government's proposed budget.
Social Democrat Finance Minister Olaf Schoz has defended his proposed 2018 budget amid harsh criticism. Though it calls for increased spending, the proposal upholds the Christian Democrats' zero-borrowing policy.
Christina Schulze Föcking has said she received violent threats against herself and her family. She has been accused of running an industrial hog farm that mistreats its livestock.
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