Germany's strongest political party, currently headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been in power for most of the time since the end of World War II.
The CDU was founded after World War II. Five of the eight chancellors since 1949 came from the CDU. It has 470,000 members and a voter base of Christian and conservative, often elderly, citizens as well as small and medium-sized entrepreneurs. In the 2013 general election, the CDU and its Bavarian Christian Social Union sister party won 311 of the 631 available seats. Nevertheless, Merkel was forced to forge a "grand coalition" with the party's main rivals, the center-left Social Democrats. This is a collection of DW's content on the CDU.
Bavarian conservatives face a historic low result in next month's regional election. But in the short term, a bad result could actually benefit Germany's leading conservative politician, Angela Merkel. DW explains why.
Germany debates bringing back national service - Migrants in Paris get creative at a pop-up theatre - Military athletes from 32 nations battle it out at the International Army Games - We visit the graffiti capital of Europe - A high ranking Turkish NATO officer boldly escapes to Brussels - A special report on Norway's sharp decline in migrant arrivals.
Germany's ruling CDU party has launched a debate on reinstating military conscription. The mandatory military service would offer young men and women a chance to serve their country. DW Political and Security Correspondent Thomas Sparrow speaks with Keith Walker who started by asking him why it was scrapped in 2011.
Germany's ruling CDU party has launched a debate on reinstating military conscription and offering young men and women a chance to serve their country in other ways. A recent poll shows Germans are in favor of the idea.
Bavaria's CSU party has dominated German national politics for weeks with its hard-line asylum policy. The media circus was viewed as an elaborate campaign strategy ahead of state elections, but has the plan backfired?
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives want more money for Germany's military. But their Social Democratic coalition partners have pushed back, warning that Germany should not cave into demands made by Donald Trump.
The former German chancellor unveiled his top three picks to succeed Merkel. The interview is likely to unsettle his Social Democrats as one notable person didn't make Schröder's shortlist — the current head of the SPD.
Stun guns, WhatsApp surveillance and expanding police operations: The NRW government says the measures will boost security in Germany's most populous state. Legal experts say otherwise. DW breaks down the draft law.