Two Deutsche Welle journalists crossed Germany to chart the mood ahead of the general election. The resulting film shows the breadth of opinion, reveals which issues voters care most about, and asks whether Angela Merkel can win a fourth time.
Germany's oldest party is set to elect its first female leader. Despite opinion poll skepticism, lead candidate Andrea Nahles is confident she can turn the Social Democrats' ailing electoral fortunes around.
Germany's parliament has confirmed Angela Merkel as the country's next leader. The conservative Merkel will govern in a grand coalition with the Social Democrats. But the vote margin was very tight - a mere 9 votes.
Embattled former European Parliament President Martin Schulz has resigned as the head of Germany's Social Democrats. Andrea Nahles has been nominated to take his place, but she still faces a party vote in April.
Martin Schulz's Social Democrats are negotiating a new "grand coalition" with Merkel's conservatives. He reportedly told SPD colleagues he will seek a ministerial post, despite previously ruling out such a move.
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