Germans should vote in referendums on European policy decisions, as well as committing money at the EU level. That's the proposal that came out of coalition talks between the Social Democrats and conservatives.
Bavarians are known for their independence. The political expression of this is the regional conservative party the Christian Social Union - the feisty southern sibling to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.
Bavaria's Horst Seehofer, the main critic among Chancellor Merkel's conservatives on refugee policy, has decided to stay put. He says he'll stay as Bavarian CSU chairman and seek re-election as state premier in 2018.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised tax cuts and a dramatic reduction in unemployment as her re-election campaign finally got into gear. Her SPD opponent Martin Schulz called the manifesto faint-hearted.
While the Bavarian premier is proposing an election targeted at traditional families, a poll has shown a large majority favoring "marriage for all." German law currently prevents gay couples from adopting children.
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