The Green party may be set for its best federal election yet in Germany. But its support for tax increases on the wealthy risks alienating a key demographic, and their chances of making it into government appear slim.
Starting next year, German parties in the Bundestag will receive an additional €25 million in taxpayer funding. It's not the first time the Bundestag has passed a costly bill during a major soccer tournament.
Social Democrats say they will need to talk more about the migration deal brokered by the German chancellor to quell rebellion in conservative ranks. What will likely need to happen for the SPD to give the green light?
Social Democrat Finance Minister Olaf Schoz has defended his proposed 2018 budget amid harsh criticism. Though it calls for increased spending, the proposal upholds the Christian Democrats' zero-borrowing policy.
In a Germany first, Chancellor Angela Merkel fielded direct questions from lawmakers, with Russia and G7 high on the agenda. But the attempt to pep up the Bundestag's image left Merkel more lightly toasted than grilled.
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