Martin Schulz has said he'd rather go back into opposition than agree to another grand coalition. But is that sensible?
The parliamentary arithmetic suggests Merkel would actually be in quite a stable position if she goes it alone, without calling fresh elections.
German chancellor is running out of options to form a viable government.
Stalemate in the Brexit negotiations is linked to a crisis of representation in Europe.
Generations of Germans have worked to create a positive national identity based on difficult self-reckoning with the Nazi era. The recent election attacks that progress.
Angela Merkel must continue to resist the temptation to cede political ground to the populists.
After taking more than 13% of the vote, this young party is entering parliament for the first time. And a lot of people are upset about it.
The chancellor wins again, but the rise of the populists will probably force the next administration to the right.
The chancellor remains strong but right-wing populists are likely to enter parliament on Sunday.
A survey of young voters reveals a lack of engagement in politics.
Few thought she'd go the distance when she first came to power. That was more than a decade ago.
German elections are typically tame. Jockeying for power takes place later, in negotiations for a coalition government. Could the xenophobic Alternative for Germany form the opposition?
Angela Merkel is on course for victory but she will need to form a coalition, and there's more than one way to make that happen.
Politicians need to get serious about the steady drip of scandals.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments about weapons as part of development for Africa could have the opposite effect if conditions aren’t strict and democratic processes aren't followed.
Follow the money to see if Angela Merkel is on course for a fourth term as chancellor after the September vote.
The marriage equality movement could still back the plebiscite on condition that its results are binding.
Amid the rising forces of populism and nationalism, it's easy to fear a new age of tyranny. But history proves tyrants are often no match against democracy and its defenders.
Merkel’s popularity at home and on the global stage continues to grow as she runs for a fourth term as chancellor.
Trump and Putin are already bickering and with Erdoğan making a fuss too, the German Chancellor will have to play a blinder for the summit not to fall apart.