Now that the SPD has elected to begin official coalition talks with the CDU/CSU the real work of negotiations begins. Karl Lauterbach, SPD deputy leader in the Bundestag, told DW his party must "drive a hard bargain."
While party head Martin Schulz's star appears to have faded, another of the party's top leaders delivered a speech that may have cinched the "yes" vote and possibly saved the SPD establishment – for now, at least.
Monday's simultaneous session of the French and German parliaments is set to commemorate 55 years of the Elysee Treaty and bring closer cooperation between both nations. But as always, the devil is in the details.
Germany's SPD has voted to start formal talks for a new "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU. For many, the narrow vote has demonstrated that Schulz still has to prove he's the right person to lead the party.
The SPD party conference has concluded with a vote to begin official coalition talks. Yet the party remains divided, and worse still, its leadership now appears weak after the close results, says DW's Sabine Kinkartz.
Germany's SPD has voted for coalition talks with Angela Merkel's conservatives. But that does not necessarily mean that a coalition government will come about.
Germany's Social Democrats have voted to enter coalition talks with Angela Merkel's conservatives. DW examines the common ground reached between the parties in preliminary talks.
Delegates from Germany’s Social Democratic Party have voted in favor of possibly entering another coalition with Merkel’s conservatives. But many within the party remain opposed to the idea.
Germany's Social Democratic Party is about to vote on whether to negotiate another so-called grand coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives. If the party says "no," the chancellor's options may be running out.
Around 33,000 people and 100 tractors took part in the march through the capital. Protesters' demands included banning a controversial weed killer and redirecting European subsidies to ethical farmers.
As part of German government coalition talks, the major parties have announced a stop on all arms exports to any countries involved in the war in Yemen. But confusion remains over what the deal means.
An Iranian intelligence agency spied on German politician Reinhold Robbe for months. In an interview with DW, Robbe says he is convinced that the extent of Iranian espionage in Germany is greater than previously known.
Saudi Arabia spends hundreds of millions of euros on military equipment from Germany each year. More than 5,000 civilians have died in the proxy war between Riyadh and Tehran.
The Hamburg archdiocese is planning to close eight of the 21 Catholic schools it runs in the northern German port city in an attempt to stop itself from falling further into debt. The news has shocked local parents.
German journalist Richard Gutjahr has long been fighting back against the online harassment directed at him and his family. Now there are new anti-abuse laws and internet support groups backing him.
Parliamentarians are grappling with a new law to reunite families with migrants who have fled dire circumstances, but who don't have refugee status. Both the left and the right have concerns about its implementation.
German military spending fell last year, according to an analysis by the BDI industry association. The report comes amid pressure on NATO members to inject more funds into their armed forces.
Matchday 19 might have been the turning point for the title race, as well as a number of clubs at the opposite end of the table fighting to survive. There were some great goals too.
Germany is planning to expand its elite GSG9 police unit in view of the continuing terrorist threat. The group has a distinguished history going back more than four decades.
The Center for Political Beauty's Holocaust memorial replica built next to AfD's Björn Höcke home maddened the far-right party — but it pleased many others, including the initiator of the original memorial in Berlin.
The far-right AfD will be the third-largest party in the Bundestag. This will have no immediate effect on policy per se, but will alter the political tone. In a nutshell: things are about to get a lot nastier.
DW looks at the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, entering the Bundestag as the third largest party. Its main appeal is its opposition to Angela Merkel's open-door policy toward migrants.
In their post-election analysis, researchers say that the Alternative for Germany's success cannot be reduced to any one particular group. Nonetheless, as a community, AfD supporters are unlike other German voters.
The far-right AfD snagged 13.2 percent of the vote in Duisburg. The former steel town has long been a working class stronghold for the Social Democrats but many residents say frustrated voters felt "forgotten" by Berlin.
The right-wing AfD was the strongest party in Germany's eastern state of Saxony in parliamentary elections last Sunday. DW's Daniel Pelz went to the city of Görlitz to find out how residents feel about the results.
Israelis have expressed consternation over the entry of the far-right populist AfD party into Germany's Bundestag. Prime Minister Netanyahu has warned of rising anti-Semitism, reports Miriam Dagan in Tel Aviv.
Long a Social Democratic stronghold, now far-right populists are making inroads in the Ruhr region.
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is now the biggest party in the eastern state of Saxony.
Nonagenarian holocaust survivor sees rise of the AfD as part of the Nazi tradition
Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office, but the election race did not see a clear winner. Coalition building may prove interesting.
The drone flies over Poppelsdorf Palace and the Botanical Garden.
Let’s get the party started in noble surroundings at “La Redoute” in Bonn!
Formerly a noble residence, today a university - the Electoral Palace in Bonn.
A must for all Beethoven fans: the Beethoven House in Bonn is home to the biggest Beethoven collection in the world.
Does Germany have a world-class cultural scene? We look at 10 popular myths about culture in Germany and see how they stand up to the facts. It's not an easy task in a place where culture is considered holy.
The Berlin Fashion Week seeks to position itself in the world of fashion, but it ignored the #MeToo debate.
Important topics in a nutshell. Thirty-eight tips for understanding Germany and the Germans.
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