At the end there was the expected vast majority as the CDU party meeting approved the coalition agreement. But the enthusiasm had its limits, with young and pro-business members criticizing concessions to the SPD.
How well will German political leaders score when quizzed on their own party's platform? The latest Wahl-O-Mat has the answer - and it can also lend a hand to the nearly 50 percent of undecided voters in Germany.
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.
Angela Merkel's main challenger in September's election, Martin Schulz, has launched a new plan to fight old-age poverty by boosting pensions with tax money. Merkel's CDU will not present a new pension plan at all.
Chancellor Angela Merkel received heavy criticism from her opponents as well as from within her own ranks. Her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), came third place in state elections in her home state.
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