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.
With SPD support down, the far-right AfD is almost certain to enter parliament in the upcoming German election.
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.
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.
When the German Chancellor was confronted by whistles and catcalls during an election event in east German town of Torgau on Wednesday, she attempted to turn the boos to her advantage.
Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed themes of moderation and consensus in her final state of the nation address. Her speech was a hommage to the work of her grand coalition, but the Social Democrats refused to join in.
Chancellor Angela Merkel made the more convincing case to lead Germany for the next four years in Sunday’s television debate against her election rival, Martin Schulz, according to viewers.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (right) is standing firm on his contentious decision to join Russian energy conglomerate Rosneft. At a campaign event, he stressed the importance of good relations with Russia.
A regional parliament has lifted the immunity of the best known politician in the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, opening the way for prosecutors to pursue possible perjury charges against her.