Every years Germany spends 200 billion euros on families. Yet it still has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. Why? And what remedy are the political parties promising ahead of September's election?
The day after her CDU party's dismal showing in the elections, Merkel announced her gradual retreat from politics. Now a recount could leave the party with a weak mandate. How could this have happened, and what's next?
After Angela Merkel pledged to retire as the head of her CDU party, Horst Seehofer has confirmed he will also step down as leader of Bavaria's CSU. However, he intends to remain Germany's interior minister for now.
The conservative politician left politics in 2009 after a protracted battle with the German chancellor. Now he will vie to replace her at the top of the CDU. Although they share a party, he and Merkel are poles apart.
The Greens have made huge gains in two recent state elections in Germany. But to what extent is the success of this political party connected to the environment?
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