Election campaigns are expensive. So how parties do finance themselves and how is campaign money regulated?
Manipulated elections undermine confidence in democracy. Yet digital electoral systems are frighteningly vulnerable to attacks. The solution is surprisingly simple.
Germany has a huge non-voting population — like most democracies. In 2009, more people didn't vote at all than voted for Merkel's conservatives.
Whether Angela Merkel stays office or Martin Schulz takes over the Chancellery likely won't be decided by the youth vote. Young people are simply outnumbered, leading some to ask how fair the election will be.
The Netherlands finally has a new government, seven months after the election in March. There are similarities to the Dutch situation in Germany — but a key difference could make negotiations in Berlin even harder.
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