Nearly four months after Germany's general election, political leaders have agreed to enter formal coalition talks. DW went out and asked people how they felt about the outcome so far and what they're expecting now.
After the election in Hesse, the right-wing nationalist AfD is now represented in all of Germany's parliaments. The main focus for the Bundestag will now be its own problems, writes DW's editor-in-chief Ines Pohl.
Angela Merkel's immediate task is to organize the contest over who will be her successor as leader of the CDU. Whoever it turns out to be could well pull the party away from the political center — wherever that is.
Both Angela Merkel's CDU and her center-left coalition partner, the SPD, are holding crisis meetings as they try to chart a new course. Urgent voices on each side could drag the parties away from the political center.
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.
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