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Dossier: Germany's top candidates

Germany heads to polls on September 27. Read about the parties and the politicians who represent them.


Germany heads to the polls on September 27. The country's two largest parties - the Christian Democrats (CDU) and Social Democrats (SPD) - are currently locked in a grand coalition. And both have said they don't want to continue this uneasy union. Failing a large enough majority to rule alone, they'd each rather pick a smaller party to govern with. For Chancellor Merkel's CDU the partner-of-choice is the pro-business FDP, while Frank-Walter Steinmeier's SPD would pick the Greens for their electoral pas-de-deux. But what about the far-left Left party, poised to become a vocal opposition to whoever will make it to the chancellery?

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