The Greens and the Free Democrats have traditionally been bitter rivals in Germany. But will these two smaller parties put aside their differences for a chance at a coalition with the conservatives and a share in power?
The business-friendly Free Democrats have made it back into parliament - after being thrown out in the last election. The FDP’s strong resurgence is thanks largely to its new young, dynamic leader Christian Lindner.
He's the man who set out to unseat Merkel as German Chancellor. Martin Schulz led the Social Democrats against Merkel's conservatives. His party's fortunes were boosted when he took over, but that soon fizzled out, leaving him the underdog.
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