As the election's clear victors, Angela Merkel's conservatives can choose their partner in government...but they do have to pick one...and that's easier said than done. So will it be the SPD or the Greens or neither?
The day after her CDU party's dismal showing in the elections, Merkel announced her gradual retreat from politics. Now a recount could leave the party with a weak mandate. How could this have happened, and what's next?
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 Greens have made huge gains in two recent state elections in Germany. But to what extent is the success of this political party connected to the environment?
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.
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