12.6 million Germans are eligible to vote in state elections on Sunday, March 13: In Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt. Never before has their vote carried so much weight on the national stage.
Typical state election issues, like education and police matters, are clearly dwarfed by national refugee policies this time. You can find a compilation of all DW Content on this issue here.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas has said Germans "must reckon" with the idea that internet-based misinformation could play a part in the 2017 federal election. MPs from Merkel's CDU party will be briefed on the issue Monday.
Francois Fillon has won France's first-ever conservative primary ahead of next year's presidential election, declaring victory over moderate Alain Juppe. Fillon will likely face off against the far-right's Marine Le Pen.
Hillary Clinton's campaign has joined efforts for a recount of presidential ballots in Wisconsin. The recount began after the Green Party candidate ponied up millions in administrative costs to verify Donald Trump's win.
FARC leader Rodrigo Londono has said the group will support a candidate in next year's presidential election, hinting at an alliance with the current government. The group signed a revised peace deal this week.