Germany's Social Democrat Party celebrated its 150th anniversary. They have a tough fight in this year's election if they want to take over German parliament.
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.
Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have denied a report that Wolfgang Schäuble was asked to step in and mediate a migration policy compromise with the Bavarian CSU.
The EU has adopted a new measure to stop Germany's very small parties from gaining seats in the European parliament. "Democracy is dead," one lawmaker proclaimed.
Starting next year, German parties in the Bundestag will receive an additional €25 million in taxpayer funding. It's not the first time the Bundestag has passed a costly bill during a major soccer tournament.
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