Tough coalition talks between the CDU and the SPD parties in Berlin are drawing to a close. Even when they get a deal, it still has to be approved by the SPD rank and file. And they are skeptical.
Germany's conservatives and Social Democrats are trying to iron out legislative differences by meeting at the top of a mountain. But will they be able to overcome their many conflicts of interest?
MPs from Angela Merkel's CDU have been accused of taking bribes from the German gunmaker Heckler & Koch to grease the export wheels. Germany's opaque party donations system remains vulnerable to bribery, activists say.
Germany's chancellor has hinted that defense spending is likely to increase in years ahead, saying reaching NATO's target was "not completely beyond the imagination." It comes amid budget talks and pressure from allies.
Christina Schulze Föcking has said she received violent threats against herself and her family. She has been accused of running an industrial hog farm that mistreats its livestock.
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