The constituent assembly of Germany's Bundestag has taken place in Berlin. The 18th post war German parliament has a record number of women members.
Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl's funeral plans have become subject to controversy after his widow tried to bar Chancellor Angela Merkel from speaking at the memorial. She said, however, she was trying to honor his wishes.
Veteran Green parliamentarian and lawyer Hans-Christian Ströbele has ruled out running for another four years in the Bundestag. He follows several other federal politicians who've decided not to run in 2017.
Gregor Gysi, a Left party veteran renowned for his rhetoric, says he'll run again for parliament next year. He says Chancellor Merkel's conservatives must be voted into opposition to make the right-wing AfD superfluous.
Bundestag president Norbert Lammert has praised the country's "sober" reaction following the Berlin attack, in which 12 people died and around 50 injured. The attack spurred debate around Germany's security apparatus.
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