The conservative CSU is a regional Bavarian party, which plays an important role on the federal level as "sister party" to chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU.
The CSU traditionally has a comfortable majority of around 50 percent in Bavaria. The average age of its 147,000 members is 59, they live mainly in rural areas. CSU leaders are known for their beer-swilling populism, they embrace conservative family policies for stay-at-home moms and anti gay marriage; some are euroskeptic, and the party leadership wants foreigner drivers to pay to use German motorways. This page provides a collection of DW's content the CSU.
Rather than abstaining from alcohol, Germany's politicians took swigs of beer and rhetorical swipes at one another during traditional party gatherings on Ash Wednesday. But the humor also veered into more serious ground.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU has embarked on a final round of talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) to form a new government. With a series of unsettled issues remaining, negotiations could still take days.
Germany’s political deadlock is inching closer to being resolved as the Social Democrats, or SPD, and Conservatives prepare to embark on controversial coalition talks. After the September elections, the SPD ruled out forming another Grand Coalition with Angela Merkel’s CDU and the CSU. But SPD leader, Martin Schulz, then did a U-turn on talks. DW’s Thomas Sparrow explains the main sticking points.
Still no new government? Does that mean that Germany is in crisis? And who is Kevin Kühnert really named after anyway? Find out all this, and the latest hot political gossip, at the Stammtisch with Damien McGuinness, Michaela Küfner, Kate Connolly and Kate Brady.
Germany's SPD has voted to start formal talks for a new "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU. For many, the narrow vote has demonstrated that Schulz still has to prove he's the right person to lead the party.
After a marathon session of exploratory talks, leaders of Germany's SPD and CDU-CSU emerged exhausted and cautiously optimistic after having finally agreed to try to form another "grand coalition." Will Germany's next boss be the same as the old boss?