Germany's Social Democrats celebrate 150 years of the SPD, and reaffirm their commitment to justice and solidarity. But in an election year polls show the SPD near record lows ahead of national elections in September.
The SPD has presented a 100-page list of reasons for the party's crushing election loss last year. After taking only 20.5 percent of the vote, the party is trying to come back, but has it identified the real problems?
While Angela Merkel is locked in a bitter power struggle with her Bavarian allies, the third party in Germany's government has stayed quiet. But the Social Democrats are not above making populist noises on asylum policy.
Some Social Democrats want their ex-leader to take another turn as a candidate — this time for the 2019 European elections. He has the Brussels experience, but would he be a good standard-bearer for Europe's center-left?
In the year since its foundation, Berlin's liberal mosque has established itself and is attracting ever greater interest. But lawyer Seyran Ates, who opened the mosque, lives with ongoing hostility and threats.
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