Angela Merkel is Germany's most popular politician. Her chief rival, the SDP's Peer Steinbrück, faces an uphill battle.
Germany and Italy were united in the face of plans from Austria to erect a fence along its Italian border. Tensions rose after an Austrian presidential candidate compared Merkel and Renzi to migrant smugglers.
TAZ has come out with a Turkish version of its newspaper on World Press Freedom Day. The edition appears amid President Erdogan's media censorship and crackdown on journalists in the last years.
The US president praised Chancellor Angela Merkel as a "trusted partner" and described her handling of the refugee crisis as "courageous." Obama is in Germany's Hanover to talk free trade and security.
Hungarian PM Orban and the former German leader have said they are fully in agreement with the aims of Chancellor Merkel's refugee policy. Their statement comes after a meeting that caused some disapproval in Berlin.
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