Germany's grand coalition is facing a crisis because of Sebastian Edathy's suspected possession of child pornography. DW takes an in-depth look.
The chancellor has said that her CDU party, the Greens and the business-friendly FDP will have an initial agreement ready this week. It is nearly two months since Germany held its general election.
The Merkel-led conservative block, the Greens and the market-friendly FDP have until Sunday evening to reach common ground on a possible coalition. The talks have stalled as parties clash on migration and environment.
Germany's Union, FDP and Green parties are deciding if they share enough common ground to form a government. Will the weeks of listening, probing and fighting finally end? DW breaks down the thorniest issues.
The Free Democrats say there's no guarantee they'll do a deal for a new German government with the conservatives and Greens. Are they just bluffing, or do they think they'd stand to gain if a new election were called?
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