Voting is underway in an election considered critical for Spain. Polls show the ruling conservatives on top. But it's the two upstart parties that could make things interesting. One is staunchly pro-business - and the other comes from the far left.
Alexander Gauland is one of two candidates leading the far-right, nationalist AfD into Germany's federal election this September - and he's known for his controversial, headline-grabbing statements.
There's a slight disconnect between what German voters say is important and who they say they'll vote for. But can the Social Democrats exploit it to overturn Chancellor Merkel's massive advantage in the polls?
The Alternative for Germany wants to scrap the right to asylum and make development aid conditional upon stopping emigration. The party says its suggestions are "humane," but in practice they would be anything but that.
Frauke Petry, the face of the nationalist Alternative for Germany, has suffered a blow to her political career weeks before the Bundestag elections. Even her AfD colleagues have dropped her as prosecutors ready charges.
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