Adressing the Bundestag, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has raised concern about the rise of political extremism, calling for renewed commitment to a culture of debate.
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.
The German chancellor's party is about to undergo a month of stress tests with elections in the states of Bavaria and Hesse. But despite internal grumblings, the CDU is a long way from staging a real leadership battle.
Volker Kauder's ousting proves that Angela Merkel's grip on her party is loosening. According to the German press, it's becoming clear that conservative lawmakers are increasingly ready to abandon the chancellor.
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