The conservative CDU and CSU parties have backed Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be the next German president. People in Berlin seem mostly to agree with the choice.
The drubbing of the mainstream parties in Bavaria's election didn't come as a surprise. But the outcome could have serious repercussions for Germany's political landscape.
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.
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.
As the polls open in Bavaria, voters are caught between tradition and change. For some the vote is a referendum on Angela Merkel's government, but for others it's a chance to protest the CSU.
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