The drinking has begun as wet weather and enhanced security did not dampen the spirits of beer enthusiasts at the 184th Oktoberfest which opened in Munich on Saturday. Six million people from all over the world are expected to visit.
A week before elections, the Free Democrats look set to return to parliament – where it could make Berlin a much more awkward partner for its European neighbors.
Kurz, 31, would become the European Union’s youngest head of government when this wealthy but increasingly disgruntled Alpine country of 8.75 million people votes in a month’s time.
With SPD support down, the far-right AfD is almost certain to enter parliament in the upcoming German election.
The insolvent German airline faces its moment of truth on Friday as a fierce bidding war closes. Wildcat strikes by pilots have complicated talks on the break-up of what was once Germany’s second largest carrier.
Committed campaigning and televised debates haven’t been enough to revive the fortunes of Germany’s Social Democrats. The party’s poll numbers have fallen to a new low with just over a week until federal elections.
Leif-Erik Holm of the AfD party cultivates a radio DJ’s smooth, soothing voice, sports fashionable chin stubble and crisp dress shirts, and has one goal this month: ousting Angela Merkel.
Less than two weeks ahead of the German election, representatives from six main parties have discussed foreign policy in a DW debate. Turkey and migration were divisive issues.
Firmly on course for re-election, Chancellor Angela Merkel spurned her rival’s request for a re-run of a television debate in which he failed to dent her opinion poll lead.
In an impassioned pro-EU plea, Austria’s president Alexander Van der Bellen urged voters on Tuesday to “carefully consider” their choice in October elections, which look set to return the far-right to power.