The Green Party is still coming to terms with their electoral losses. There is a chance they could be picked to form a coalition government, but the two new parliamentary leaders have made clear there are big hurdles.
The Alternative for Germany party has introduced a bill aimed at permanently banning refugees from bringing their close relatives over from war-stricken countries. The move sparked a fiery debate in the Bundestag.
Angela Merkel's conservatives have insisted they won't make any more concessions to the Social Democrats before formal coalition negotiations begin. SPD delegates are set to vote next week on the preliminary agreement.
The CDU/CSU and the SPD can get along. But they don't want to, which makes things so difficult. The German president can take credit for pushing progress towards a new government, writes DW's Christoph Strack.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis, the country's second richest man, is mired in opposition over corruption concerns. His ANO party will remain in power, but his own future remains uncertain.
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