Germans are the European champions in saving money. Our intrepid reporter Michael Wigge travels today to Swabia to find out whether the region is really the country's stronghold of bargain-hunting and thriftiness.
Voters in the alpine nation rejected a plan that would have increased taxes to fund state pension coffers. The retirement age for women would have also gone up, as the nation struggles to deal with an aging populace.
He's the man who set out to unseat Merkel as German Chancellor. Martin Schulz led the Social Democrats against Merkel's conservatives. His party's fortunes were boosted when he took over, but that soon fizzled out, leaving him the underdog.
As Germans across the country cast their vote, DW looks at people exercising their democratic right.
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