A law requiring public buildings in the southern German state of Bavaria to display the crucifix has gone into effect. State premier Markus Söder says it's a cultural move to serve as a reminder of Bavaria's Catholic traditions.
After over 10 years of leadership under Horst Seehofer, the CSU has elected long-time rival Markus Söder to replace him. It's the end of an era, but Angela Merkel's CDU hopes it will also mark a turnaround in tensions.
Germany's Christian conservative parties have presented their joint vision for Europe ahead of May's election. While the CDU and CSU are against a European Finance Ministry, they do want a "European FBI."
Here's a look at Germany's political parties, who they are and what they want.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Bavaria's premier, Markus Söder, supported closing the EU's "external border." Söder said a failure to find a solution to migration would be "a problem for democracy" in Europe.
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