The Social Democrats have to decide whether to join a new grand coalition with Angela Merkel’s CDU. But the party is deeply divided. The SPD’s leaders are hoping to join a new government, but many young members want a new start in the opposition.
Angela Merkel has pledged to introduce legislation to stop "disproportionate" bans on diesel cars. The chancellor was speaking ahead of the state election in Hesse, where her CDU is desperate for a good showing.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, at least for the time being. The decision comes in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate.
Much is at stake for Angela Merkel in Bavaria's state election. A poor result for her conservative allies could lead to more government instability. But the election also signals bigger changes in German politics.
Support for the country's ruling parties is dwindling as the Green party and far-right AfD continue to surge. Some Germans are worried about the status quo, but many believe the changes are good for democracy.
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