A look behind the long-term trends following the surprise victory for social democrats in Germany.
With a very close result as counting continues, it could be weeks or even months before a government is formed. But Sunday’s election has already delivered some significant results.
There is no clear frontrunner to replace Merkel as next German chancellor after this weekend’s election, but whoever succeeds her will have huge shoes to fill.
After a rocky start, the social democrats are on the up as polling day approaches.
As her 16-year reign as German Chancellor comes to an end, Merkel will be remembered for her staunch centrism and her willingness to wait to sense the political mood - sometimes then changing course.
After 18 years as leader of her party, and 13 as German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has announced that this will be her last term. How has she changed Germany and the world?
German politics is experiencing a major shift. Merkel knows her time is up.
Martin Schulz could face a major backlash from his own party after breaking his promise not to enter government with Angela Merkel’s CDU again.
Over three months since Germans voted in national elections, preliminary talks are due to start Jan. 7 on forming a coalition government. What has taken so long?
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.
The chancellor wins again, but the rise of the populists will probably force the next administration to the right.
Few thought she’d go the distance when she first came to power. That was more than a decade ago.
Follow the money to see if Angela Merkel is on course for a fourth term as chancellor after the September vote.
The past few years have been tough for the German chancellor, but she has confirmed that she will be standing in the next election.