German business and industry groups see dangers as well as benefits in coalition deal. Higher incomes for the poor and seniors may offset increased outlays for energy and social security contributions.
The Greens and the Free Democrats have traditionally been bitter rivals in Germany. But will these two smaller parties put aside their differences for a chance at a coalition with the conservatives and a share in power?
The SPD is set to again come in second in the German election on September 24. Germany's Social Democrats are one of the world's oldest democratic parties. It looks back on a tumultuous history.
Whether Angela Merkel and the CDU, or Martin Schulz and the SPD no party is likely to emerge with an absolute majority. Here's an overview of who might go with whom for the next government.
Toyota and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ have expressed concerns about access to the European single market after Brexit, with experts anticipating more defections in the coming months. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
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