Every years Germany spends 200 billion euros on families. Yet it still has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. Why? And what remedy are the political parties promising ahead of September's election?
Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office and the next task of building a coalition is already proving interesting. Here's a look at Germany's political parties: who they are and what they want.
The Green party has called for two vice chancellors as a condition for taking part in a three-way coalition government. Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU continues talks with the Greens and the Free Democrats this week.
Chancellor Merkel faces a historic task in forging a "Jamaica coalition" of the conservatives, Free Democrats and Greens. The parties have a long way to go to bridge their differences, and have no option but to succeed.
Angela Merkel's conservative bloc has begun talks on forging a three-way coalition. During the negotiations, all parties will have to find common ground on a slew of divisive issues, from immigration to climate policy.
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