Angela Merkel's conservatives warn the social democrats against demanding too much from coalition talks. Both sides have promised a tougher negiotiating style.
Germany's Social Democrats are dismayed at former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's nomination to the board of the Russian energy giant Rosneft. The party's secretary-general, however, is taking the bull by the horns.
Germany's socialist Left party is the biggest of the "small parties" represented in the Bundestag - but the least likely to be part of a governing coalition. So what are the others so afraid of?
Amid poor national poll numbers, the Social Democrats now have to face losing power in their stronghold of Lower Saxony. It's a potentially damaging distraction in the SPD's bid to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Led by Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, Germany's political parties are rediscovering the value of knocking on voters' doors. That may sound outmoded, but today's canvassing also has a hi-tech component.
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