Three German states have gone to the polls in regional parliamentary elections. The results are being seen as a crucial verdict on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s response to the EU migration crisis.
The German fashion designer has criticized the "pastor's daughter" for opening Germany to "millions" of migrants. France's media regulator has launched a probe after he made the remarks on a popular French talk show.
The chancellor has said that her CDU party, the Greens and the business-friendly FDP will have an initial agreement ready this week. It is nearly two months since Germany held its general election.
Hardly anyone could have imagined that talks to form a new German government would collapse. Anything's possible, from minority rule to a fresh vote. One thing's clear: it's a blow for Angela Merkel, says DW's Ines Pohl.
The German press was virtually unanimous that Christian Lindner's FDP was to blame for the collapse of government coalition talks. But few could agree on what would be best now.
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