Who is going to govern Germany? What does the result tell us? And what does it mean for Europe? Our guests: Werner Sonne (freier Journalist), Alan Posener (Welt), Michaela Küfner (DW)
Werner Sonne was for many years with Germany’s ARD TV network and is one of the best-known correspondents reporting on German politics.
Alan Posener is a regular columnist for the Berlin-based newspaper Die Welt.
Michaela Küfner is a DW’s political correspondent.
With the legitimacy of her big-tent coalition in question, the German chancellor hopes for a positive outcome in the final regional election of 2018. But the political wind is blowing against big parties.
Despite a large drop in support, the CDU has won the Hesse state regional poll, giving the chancellor some welcome breathing room. But the weakness of the political center in Germany remains glaringly obvious.
The Bavarian CSU has suffered a historic drubbing in state elections. The result will have consequences at a national level as well, says DW's Rosalia Romaniec.
In a further erosion of Germany's political mainstream, the Bavarian conservative party, the CSU, has lost its absolute majority. Meanwhile the Greens have become the second-largest political force in southern Germany.
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