Angela Merkel's chief election campaign manager Hermann Gröhe is determined to get the CDU re-elected in September.
Martin Schulz's Social Democrats are negotiating a new "grand coalition" with Merkel's conservatives. He reportedly told SPD colleagues he will seek a ministerial post, despite previously ruling out such a move.
Despite her generally subdued demeanor, the Green party's top candidate is a controversial figure within her own party. Her deep religious roots and her ties to conservatives are suspect to many progressive Greens.
Thousands of G20 activists will join Coldplay, Shakira and other artists at the Global Citizen Festival on Thursday, ahead of the Hamburg summit. The concert aims to draw attention to global poverty issues.
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