Germany's strongest political party, currently headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been in power for most of the time since the end of the Second World War.
The CDU was founded after World War II. Five of the eight chancellors since 1949 came from the CDU. It has 470,000 members and a voter base of Christian and conservative, often elderly, citizens as well as small and medium sized entrepreneurs. In the 2013 general elections, the CDU and its Bavarian CSU sister party won 311 of the 631 available seats. Nevertheless, Merkel was forced to forge a "Grand Coalition" with the party's main rivals, the center-left Social Democrats. This page is a chronological compilation of all DW content on the CDU.
The Merkel-led conservative block, the Greens and the market-friendly FDP have until Sunday evening to reach common ground on a possible coalition. Talks have stalled as parties clash on migration and the environment.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office and the next task of building a coalition is already proving interesting. Here's a look at Germany's political parties: who they are and what they want.
Chancellor Merkel faces a historic task in forging a "Jamaica coalition" of the conservatives, Free Democrats and Greens. The parties have a long way to go to bridge their differences, and have no option but to succeed.
Is Angela Merkel already under pressure less than a month after re-election? The German chancellor has fought back after her party's poor performance in Lower Saxony and the rise of a "new" conservatism in Austria.