German coalition talks have reached a breakthrough. Here's a closer look at some of the issues that were originally holding up the deal but appear to have been resolved - for now at least.
The heads of Germany's ruling coalition faced uproar after firing intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen only to immediately promote him. The issue seems far from settled as Angela Merkel agreed to reconsider the move.
The opposition SPD has demanded answers from city police and state officials over two far-right marches that took place unhindered by authorities. Police blamed city authorities for allowing the rallies to take place.
For the first time, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party is polling ahead of the Social Democrats. The country's political establishment must remain calm and show strength, says DW's Jens Thurau.
Conservatives and Social Democrats long dominated Germany's political culture, generating broad appeal. But their ability to unite people under proverbial big tents is waning, while small parties profit from the discord.
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