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The conservative CSU is a regional Bavarian party, which plays an important role on the federal level as 'sister party' to the Christian Democrat CDU.
The CSU traditionally has a comfortable majority in Bavaria. The average age of its members is 59, they live mainly in rural areas. CSU leaders are known for their beer-swilling populism, they embrace conservative family policies for stay-at-home moms and anti-gay marriage; some are Euroskeptic. This page provides a collection of DW's content on the CSU.
The conservative CDU/CSU has suffered its worst result in a federal election. Without Angela Merkel leading the charge, the party's most important driving force was missing. Nowhere else is this as evident as in Merkel's own constituency.
The Social Democrats narrowly but decisively claimed victory in the German parliamentary elections. In their view, the citizens voted for the so-called 'traffic light' coalition. But Christian Democrats will also begin coalition talks.
The center-left Social Democrats are ahead of the conservative CDU/CSU bloc by almost two percentage points, preliminary election results show. In such a tight race, the possibilities for a coalition are still unclear.