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 latest content the CSU or Bavaria's state premier, Horst Seehofer.
The heads of Germany's conservative CDU and CSU parties have met in Berlin for "constructive" discussions on security and finance. The two parties have been at odds for months over Chancellor Merkel's refugee policy.
Money raised this year adds to the 112 million euros ($125 million) Germany's Catholic Church raised in 2015. Cardinal Reinhard Marx has said at least 1,381 churches are providing lodging for around 28,000 refugees.
The Alternative for Germany party, is riding a wave of support, with a series of impressive results in state-level elections. All eyes are now on Berlin’s state elections. It’s considered a liberal stronghold, but the AfD is currently polling in double digits. Just days before Berliners head to the polls, several of the city’s techno clubs banded together to campaign against the right-wing party.
It's been a long time since there's been this much political uncertainty in Germany. The general election is still a year away, but the refugee crisis has had a major impact on politics. Here's where the parties stand.