With the election just days away, Germany's traditional political partnerships could be fracturing.
A lack of hot-button issues and charisma have been dragging the Greens down ahead of national elections. Nonetheless, they may win a share of power - whether the grassroots like it or not.
In German elections it happens frequently that no party emerges with an absolute majority. Coalition negotiations get underway. Here's an overview of which coalitions can be formed in German politics.
Members of the military alliance have agreed to formally join the coalition against the "Islamic State" extremist group. France and Germany were said to have greenlighted the "purely symbolic" plan.
After its defeat in the North Rhine-Westphalia state election, the center-left SPD has rejected a coalition with Angela Merkel's CDU. The news might be a boon to the resurgent business-friendly FDP - also nationally.
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