Angela Merkel has appealed to voters to back her goverment, as opinion polls give her a commanding lead in the race.
First, Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered their worst election results in decades. Then, just last weekend, coalition talks collapsed. And yet Merkel remains the undisputed chancellor — and she has a few new options.
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.
German coalition talks have continued as parties clash on migration and the environment. The Merkel-led conservative block, the Greens and the market-friendly FDP had until Sunday evening to reach common ground.
Lawyers representing Italy's ex-premier Berlusconi have told the European Court of Human Rights that he should be cleared to run for parliament next May. Currently, his public office ban over tax fraud runs until 2019.
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