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.
Representatives from all parties have debated what possible actions the German government should take in defusing the crisis in Syria. All sides agree that more action is needed, albeit without agreeing on what.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas has said Germans "must reckon" with the idea that internet-based misinformation could play a part in the 2017 federal election. MPs from Merkel's CDU party will be briefed on the issue Monday.
Martin Schulz has announced that he will not seek a third term as European Parliament chief. Instead, he will return to Germany, where he is rumored to be the possible Social Democratic contender for the Chancellery.
European Parliament President Martin Schulz is reported to be seeking a move to the corridors of power in Berlin. It's led to speculation he might become the SPD's candidate to stand against Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to a German media report, the European Parliament's Martin Schulz is tipped to become the next German foreign minister and run for chancellor. His spokesman, however, called the report "complete nonsense."