With half of Germany's voters undecided, the televised debate between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democratic rival, Martin Schulz, was billed as the highlight of the election campaign. But what did the public make of it?
He had aimed to be chancellor, then CDU party leader, then a Cabinet minister. Now Friedrich Merz will serve on a party council to advise Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on economic and trans-Atlantic issues.
The head of Human Rights Watch appeals on DW for Germany and Angela Merkel to do more for rights abroad. Kenneth Roth noted that "the traditional powers" on the world stage, the US and UK, "were largely absent" of late.
Recently elected CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had congratulated Merz on joining an advisory committee on Thursday. A CDU spokeswoman says the rebuff does not represent an internal fissure.
The former president of the European Parliament failed dramatically in his bid to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel. But is he looking for a comeback? He talked to DW's Conflict Zone.
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