Germany's governing Grand Coalition is facing an uncertain future after Chancellor Angela Merkel's allies in Bavaria, the CSU, suffered significant losses in regional elections. Merkel has promised to win back voters' trust.
A new ARD Deutschlandtrend poll shows most voters feel Merkel's party has been successful in pushing its agenda. A majority also say Germany should use its budget surplus to invest in the future.
After barely finding time to brush themselves off after suffering huge losses in Bavaria, Germany's governing coalition is preparing for another setback. Hesse's state election could have huge repercussions for Merkel.
Here's a look at Germany's political parties, who they are and what they want.
Much is at stake for Angela Merkel in Bavaria's state election. A poor result for her conservative allies could lead to more government instability. But the election also signals bigger changes in German politics.
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