Germany's future coalition partners, the conservatives and Social Democrats are trying to agree on issues surrounding the country's switch to renewable energy - and they only have until Monday to do so.
It looks like Martin Schulz is about to become another in a line of middle-aged male Social Democrat candidates to come second in an election to Chancellor Angela Merkel. So what exactly does the SPD stand for?
After its defeat in the North Rhine-Westphalia state election, the center-left SPD has rejected a coalition with Angela Merkel's CDU. The news might be a boon to the resurgent business-friendly FDP - also nationally.
This year's German election race may turn out to be much tighter than Angela Merkel might have wanted. Coalition building may prove interesting. Here's a who's who of German political parties.
Germany's Social Democrats are one of the world's oldest democratic parties. In its tumultuous history, the SPD has been banned, split apart, rebranded and has shown moments of immense courage.
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