For decades Germany’s industrial Ruhr region was a Social Democratic stronghold. In some districts the SPD used to win 60 percent of the votes. That vote has been cut in half, and the far-right populist AfD party has made inroads.
The rise of the far-right populist AfD in Germany has effectively shifted the political center in the opposite direction. The result is that the chancellor is now looking to parties on the left for potential allies.
The divisive politics of the Alternative for Germany were on full display, both inside the party's convention and on the streets outside of it. DW's Elizabeth Schumacher reports from Hanover.
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 Bundestag's new speaker, Wolfgang Schäuble, has asked lawmakers not to tweet during sessions. The call has been met with resistance and raised questions about social media's role in German politics.
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