In the Interview: CSU Leading Candidate, Gerda Hasselfeldt
The SPD leader has denied that his party has been "sulking" since its historically bad election result. The SPD, CDU and CSU are to meet on Wednesday for preliminary talks over a renewal of their "grand coalition."
Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, are determined to be re-born under their new leader, Markus Söder. But is he so different from his predecessor, Horst Seehofer?
Germany's Social Democrats face a dilemma. Should they form another grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives? Many in the party are skeptical. A conference in Berlin is supposed to provide answers.
Horst Seehofer, state premier of Bavaria, is set to step down, but will remain head of the CSU as part of a party compromise. Intra-party conflict has made coalition building in Berlin difficult.
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