Regional elections in Lower Saxony see Social Democrats and Greens narrowly oust Conservative and Free Democrat coaliton. FDP vote was surprisingly strong.
Meseberg Castle fits the image the grand coalition wants to convey: tranquility. Germans, however, see the government differently. But, unlike the doomsayers, DW's Jens Thurau thinks the coalition will continue.
Germany's Friedrich Naumann Foundation, kicked out of Egypt last week, is just the latest international organization to shut its offices. Cairo accused the foundation of unwanted interference, over protest from Berlin.
Leaders of Germany's governing parties have reportedly pledged their support for President Joachim Gauck to serve a second term. Top politicians hope to avoid any suspicions of ructions within their "grand coalition."
Center-left parties the SPD and Greens are set to form a coalition with the free market liberals the FDP in the western state. This ensures that Chancellor Merkel's CDU and the controversial AfD are out of government.
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