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?
Germany's socialist Left party is the biggest of the "small parties" represented in the Bundestag - but the least likely to be part of a governing coalition. So what are the others so afraid of?
The Social Democrats' leader has warned of the "fatal mistake" of mixing the debate on integration with security policy. Weeks ahead of key elections, the SPD has tried to distance itself from Angela Merkel's CDU.
The FDP is poised to make a comeback in the upcoming German election. But how does one best describe the politics of Angela Merkel's potential kingmaker? Are they liberal, libertarian, both or neither? DW digs deep.
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.
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