Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU exceeded expectations in Sunday's bellwether local elections in Saarland, Germany's smallest state. DW correspondent Jefferson Chase analyzes the election result.
Bavarian conservatives face a historic low result in next month's regional election. But in the short term, a bad result could actually benefit Germany's leading conservative politician, Angela Merkel. DW explains why.
Bavarians are known for their independence. The political expression of this is the Christian Social Union — the regional conservative party and feisty southern sibling to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.
Angela Merkel's governing coalition has decided to sack its controversial head of domestic intelligence by transfering him to a higher post. With no successor on the horizon, the move has drawn jeers around the country.
German media has criticized Angela Merkel's government for promoting Hans-Georg Maassen to a deputy minister role. A number of editorials pointed out that the biggest winner will likely be Germany's far-right AfD.
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