After the results of Babaria's state poll, Angela Merkel looks set to win next Sunday's election - though her CDU/CSU and its FDP partner might win just half of votes. But opposition parties also sense an opportunity.
Turkey's upcoming presidential election can also been seen as a preliminary vote on the future of its accession to the EU. While German-Turkish ties remain tense, it wasn't long ago that things seemed to be promising.
Angela Merkel has gone from defender of the rule-based international order at the G7 to struggling to hold her own government together. The timing is a surprise; the fact that her migration policy is the cause isn't.
Incumbent president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is leading the polls with more than 90 percent of ballot boxes opened. But observers and opposition parties have warned of irregularities at polling stations across the country.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and his CSU party are engaged in a high-stakes gamble over asylum-seekers. That should not surprise anyone, says Jasper von Altenbockum of the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung.
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