The German cabinet has held its last meeting before Sunday's federal elections. Chancellor Merkel's CDU is set to perform well - but her junior coalition partner the FDP is looking doubtful.
When Angela Merkel became Germany's first female chancellor in 2005, many saw this as proof that it is not always a disadvantage to be underestimated by inner-party rivals. DW looks back at the beginnings.
Riding high in opinion polls, Christian Democrats are meeting this weekend to choose Angela Merkel's successor. Party leadership is often a springboard to the chancellorship, and whom to choose will be a tricky decision.
The German chancellor says that her country continues to seek an "orderly" Brexit, but is preparing for harsher eventualities. The topic dominated Merkel's second-ever parliamentary Q&A session.
The Christian Democrats have elected the 33-year-old head of the youth division Paul Ziemiak their new operative chief. His rise reflects the new diversity of the party — and a bid to make it appeal to younger voters.
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