Sunday’s regional parliamentary elections in three German states are being seen as a referendum on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy. If opinion polls are correct, Merkel's CDU will lose votes to the ascendant anti-immigration AfD party.
In the first major speech of her new term, German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a conciliatory tone on immigration while offering an inclusive message on Islam. "Germany can do it," she said, and "we are all Germany."
The right wing in southern and eastern Germany often accuses Angela Merkel of betraying conservative values — a potentially big problem for the chancellor. DW went to Ansbach in Bavaria to test the political winds.
As interior minister, Horst Seehofer is responsible for defending both Germany's constitution and its religious freedom. However, his recent remarks show he may not understand those tasks, says Michel Friedman.
There appears to be a majority of lawmakers in Germany's parliament who want the chancellor to attend regular question and answer sessions. Even Angela Merkel herself appears to have warmed to the idea.
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