Chancellor Angela Merkel grew up in eastern Germany; her challenger Martin Schulz is from the western part of the country, in the Rhine region. Take a look at the home of the SPD’s candidate.
Angela Merkel's conservatives have insisted they won't make any more concessions to the Social Democrats before formal coalition negotiations begin. SPD delegates are set to vote next week on the preliminary agreement.
Germany's Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz has revealed that European leaders are urging him to join Angela Merkel's conservatives in a grand coalition government. The SPD has said it will not rush to a decision.
The arch-conservative Hungarian prime minister has made an appearance at the conference of Bavaria's CSU party in southern Germany. His planned visit has raised some eyebrows in other quarters.
It is unknown in the history of modern Germany: Three months after the election the country still doesn't have a new government. How can it be that Merkel's CDU remains on the hunt for a coalition partner?
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