Martin Schulz is the Social Democratic party's candidate for German chancellor. His campaign has inspired the party rank-and-file. Now, it seems that the SPD will give the Christian Democrat chancellor, Angela Merkel, a run for her money.
Bavarian conservatives face a historic low result in next month's regional election. But in the short term, a bad result could actually benefit Germany's leading conservative politician, Angela Merkel. DW explains why.
It was billed as a sign of social democratic solidarity in times of rising right-wing populism: The former leader of Germany's SPD has paid a surprise, and controversial, visit to Brazil's jailed ex-President Lula.
Ending an impasse in Angela Merkel's coalition, Hans-Georg Maassen is changing jobs. The move is a compromise between Social Democrats, who demanded his removal, and conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.
Bavarians are known for their independence. The political expression of this is the Christian Social Union — the regional conservative party and feisty southern sibling to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.
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