In the Interview: Barbara Hendricks (SPD), German Environment Minister.
The populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has overtaken the Social Democrats (SPD) in a national opinion poll for the first time. The news comes as the SPD begins a crucial vote on a coalition with Angela Merkel.
After a messy public quarrel, Martin Schulz will not seek to become German foreign minister. The SPD's publicity disaster tarnishes the reputation of the country's political class at large, says DW's Katharina Kroll.
After protracted talks, Angela Merkel's conservatives have made a deal with the Social Democrats for a new coalition contract in Germany. The SPD confirmed this in a message to its members, who will have the final say.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her party's concessions during coalition talks as "painful" but "acceptable." The chancellor also brushed off criticism that she is losing authority among conservatives.
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