Nearly four months after Germany's general election, political leaders have agreed to enter formal coalition talks. DW went out and asked people how they felt about the outcome so far and what they're expecting now.
Germany's chancellor has hinted that defense spending is likely to increase in years ahead, saying reaching NATO's target was "not completely beyond the imagination." It comes amid budget talks and pressure from allies.
Christina Schulze Föcking has said she received violent threats against herself and her family. She has been accused of running an industrial hog farm that mistreats its livestock.
The prospect of another grand coalition was already controversial within the SPD. Now the party will ultimately have to decide whether to agree to a government with Angela Merkel or face the consequences of saying "no."
Germany's two largest parties have formally launched talks to form a new government after September's elections. Party leaders were upbeat about the prospect of a grand coalition in the run-up to the talks.
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