With the election just days away, Germany's traditional political partnerships could be fracturing.
Freedom Party head Geert Wilders has pledged to crack down on "Moroccan scum" as he kicks off his election campaign. Wilders leads polls but would struggle to form a government, having been shunned by mainstream parties.
Analysts still talk of the right and left, but in this German election those categories are increasingly unclear. That's due, among other things, to Angela Merkel and the rise of Trump and nationalist populism.
Leading members of the SPD have hit back after Germany's finance minister said candidate Martin Schulz's speeches were akin to the populist rhetoric of US President Donald Trump. Elections are due in September.
The former foreign minister has been chosen to become the 12th president of Germany. Steinmeier will take office on March 18.
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