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.
Come rain or shine, in cities or villages: All over Germany, people are manning info stands, ringing doorbells and otherwise drawing attention to the party they favor. DW's Silke Wünsch met those unsung campaigners.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking a fourth term this September, but the election race may not see a clear winner. Coalition building may prove interesting. Here's a who's who of German political parties.
In the Bavarian town of Bad Tölz, every second vote goes to the CSU - the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU. But what keeps voters supporting CSU time and time again? DW's Kate Brady reports.
Candidates from the Left party, the Greens, the FDP, the CSU and the AfD convened for a somewhat chaotic TV debate. The most interesting moments came when the politicians were allowed to ask one another questions.
Joachim Herrmann is the top candidate of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Angela Merkel's CDU. In a DW interview, he also addressed the populist AfD's "racism" and defended his call for a limit on refugees.