The Chancellor is searching for new coalition partners after securing a fourth term. She's likely to seek a deal with two unlikely bedfellows, Free Democrats and Greens. But all the wheeling and dealing is taking place with an elephant in the room.
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.
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.
Hans-Georg Maassen, president of Germany's domestic intelligence service, allegedly passed on sensitive data from a report to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). The spy chief has already faced calls to resign.
German MPs have held a tense debate in the Bundestag in the aftermath of far-right protests in eastern Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policies and the national budget were also in the spotlight.
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