The "Bundestag" is Germany's main legislative body. Its over 600 members are elected every four years in a mixed system of constituency and list voting.
All legislation has to pass first the Bundestag and then the Bundesrat, the upper house. The Bundestag is located in Berlin in the "Reichstag" building near the Brandenburg Gate.
Rules may be altered on who becomes "president by seniority" - a cherished role in Germany's lower chamber of parliament. Under present protocol, a founder of Germany's right-wing populist AfD could soon have the honor.
He's a superstar in Hollywood, she is a superstar in the German Bundestag: American actor Richard Gere met with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The human rights activist spoke with her about politics in Tibet. With Green party member Claudia Roth things became very friendly.
SPD candidate Martin Schulz would receive 16 percent more votes than current CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel, a survey showed. The SPD has benefited since Schulz was nominated as the party's candidate for the Chancellery.