The Green party may be set for its best federal election yet in Germany. But its support for tax increases on the wealthy risks alienating a key demographic, and their chances of making it into government appear slim.
Despite her generally subdued demeanor, the Green party's top candidate is a controversial figure within her own party. Her deep religious roots and her ties to conservatives are suspect to many progressive Greens.
The chancellor has fought for international climate agreements but critics say she has let industry profits win out at home. What will another four years of Merkel mean for Germany's battle against carbon emissions?
Following the federal election, the right-wing AfD will likely be among the opposition in the Bundestag. This will have consequences for democratic life in Germany. Learn about the opposition's rights here.
If this election is anything like the last three, Germans will vote, and Angela Merkel will become chancellor. Even so, the race is still not over, and many exciting questions remain unanswered, writes DW's Dagmar Engel.
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