"Bündnis 90/Die Grünen," Germany's environmentalist Green party, was founded in West Germany in 1980 with a strictly environmentalist and pacifist platform. It has changed a lot since then.
In broad strokes, the Green Party has a voter base of urban, well-educated, high-income earners. It abandoned its strict pacifist stance when it was junior coalition partner in an SPD-led government: In 1999, Green Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got the party to back Germany's participation in the NATO bombing of Kosovo. The Greens pushed through a nuclear power phase-out and enacted laws easing immigration and same-sex civil partnerships. All DW content on the party and its leaders is collated on this page.
Exploratory talks between Germany's conservatives, Greens and Free Democrats have failed after the latter's withdrawal. The collapse of this coalition option was a necessity, political scientist Christian Hacke tells DW.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office and the next task of building a coalition is already proving interesting. Here's a look at Germany's political parties: who they are and what they want.
A German lawmaker has criticized discrepancies in the reporting of right-wing sympathizers among the military's ranks. The identified extremists could use their military training to advance their cause, she warned.