The parties have spent months courting voters on the campaign trail. The start was low-key, with tension gradually building into the final days.
Thousands have demonstrated in Berlin for World Refugee Day, while calling for a solution in crisis talks with Greece. Protesters said Europe should adopt a more open and understanding approach to both issues.
Ai Weiwei and Bob Dylan are members of Germany's most important cultural organization, the Academy of Arts. Its director, an outspoken political satirist, is passing the buck this weekend. Will a woman take over?
The two chief executives of Germany's largest lender, Deutsche Bank, have said they will step down. Shareholders' confidence in the duo has been steadily slipping following a string of costly scandals.
A recent anti-Islamization demonstration in Dresden that made a point of avoiding right-wing symbols drew thousands. Now, the PEGIDA movement is spreading to other cities, fueled by worries of Islamic radicalism.