Germany heads to the polls in a month's time to elect a new parliament. The Free Democratic Party is hoping to pass the five percent hurdle to re-enter the Bundestag after a four-year absence. In a northern German town the party is far more popular.
Germany's Free Democrats have called off coalition talks with Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens. The German president is set to make an announcement on Monday afternoon after meeting with the chancellor.
There has been a lot of talk about German democracy in crisis. But the government keeps ticking along, and politicians across nearly the whole spectrum say the situation is hardly as dire as some are making it out to be.
Coalition talks may be stalling, but the new German parliament is still getting on with its day-to-day business. Cities and states are also pressing on with their work — but make it clear they want a coalition soon.
The chairman of the Free Democrats is determined his party won't repeat old mistakes, but is Christian Lindner making a new one? Meet the man who torpedoed the Jamaica coalition and threw Germany's future wide open.
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