The parties have spent months courting voters on the campaign trail. The start was low-key, with tension gradually building into the final days.
A recent victory for the Dutch Greens belies a wider trend. Ahead of elections In Austria, France, Germany and the UK, the Greens are struggling to woo disaffected voters who have turned away from the center.
A lack of hot-button issues and charisma have been dragging the Greens down ahead of national elections. Nonetheless, they may win a share of power - whether the grassroots like it or not.
Germany's Social Democrats are one of the world's oldest democratic parties. In its tumultuous history, the SPD has been banned, split apart, rebranded and has shown moments of immense courage.
A celebrity magazine interview is being blamed for the SPD’s failure in Schleswig-Holstein’s state elections. It’s not the first time a politician's attempt to score points with their private life has backfired.
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