Stefanie von Berg, who serves on Hamburg's city council for the Green Party, has provoked online fury after she said she welcomed the idea of Germans eventually becoming an ethnic minority in the city.
"What’s the Turk doing up there?," a caller to the Green party complained when he saw Cem Özdemir in the Bundestag in 1994. Today 37 MPs and one in ten voters have a migrant background. Could they swing the election?
On this week's Conflict Zone, Cem Özdemir, co-leader of the Green Party in Germany, discusses Angela Merkel's open door migrant policy and why he believes her refugee deal with Turkey was a mistake.
In what is seen as a seismic change for Germany's political system, the conservative CDU has agreed to play minor coalition partner to the environmentalist Greens. DW traces the evolution of an unlikely relationship.
Top German politicians have long been the target of online threats, but now they are not alone. Hate is rife on the local level, too. Some politicians resign out of concern for their families' safety. Others fight on.
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