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German election 2017

Citizens in Berlin enjoy unbeatable living standards and record-low unemployment levels supported by the continent’s strongest economy. Right? Wrong. Germany's booming capital is the capital of welfare and homelessness. Meet those left in the cold. more

Sep 28, 2017 11:00 AM Zeitgeist

It was fun watching Frauke Petry walk out of the AfD's triumphal press conference this week. But it doesn't mean the party is disintegrating. more

Sep 27, 2017 2:00 PM Opinion

How the hell did the AfD get 12.6 percent? Wladek notes that even "The Left", and in particular Die Linke figurehead Sahra Wagenknecht, is moving to the right. more

Sep 27, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion

A black-yellow-green coalition not may be perfect, but yeah, it's what we're most likely to get, so let's look at the bright side, at least for a moment, says Gris. more

Sep 26, 2017 3:00 PM Opinion 1 Comments

The Left Party (Die Linke) or the other nine small parties just not left enough for you? Wladek looks at three communist parties that are even further to the left. more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion 1 Comments

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Riza Cörtlen. Photo by German Palomeque

You’d call yourself a progressive leftist, but you don’t see much hope for change from the SPD, the Greens or even Die Linke. These small parties want to get you inspired and involved. We met with their leaders to find out what makes them stand out. more

Sep 20, 2017 11:00 AM , , , , , , , Politics

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Illustration by Florian Sänger

While the charismatic likes of Jeremy and Bernie have led left-wing surges in Britain and the US, the German left still hasn’t been able to come up with an alternative to Merkel. Ben Knight talked to members of Die Linke and the SPD to find out why. more

Sep 20, 2017 11:00 AM Politics

They’re losing their funding and their campaigns are increasingly desperate – but with their competitors in the AfD plagued by infighting, will the 2017 elections be the NPD’s time to shine? Graham Anderson talks with the beleaguered neo-Nazi party. more

Sep 19, 2017 11:00 AM Politics

What’s on Turkish Berliners’ minds when they enter the voting booth? Why did they vote so massively in favour of Erdoğan at last April’s referendum, and who will they support in this year’s elections? We visited four “wise men” in search of a clue. more

Sep 18, 2017 11:00 AM Politics 1 Comments

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An SPD volunteer hangs a poster of Berlin candidate Eva Högl the night of the campaign kickoff. Photo by Ruth Schneider

Over 200,000 placards line Berlin’s streets this election season, put up by eager volunteers or the candidates themselves. As the starting whistle blew on the campaign back in August, we joined party members for the postering ritual. more

Sep 18, 2017 11:00 AM Interviews & Portraits

The September 3 debate between Angela Merkel and the SPD's Martin Schulz sealed it: it's more clear than ever that we're gearing up for another four years of "Mutti". What does it mean for Berlin? Read more in our election special, on stands now... more

Sep 4, 2017 1:00 PM Politics

On Sep 24, Germans head to the polls. We're Merk-ing the occasion with an issue that delves into the people behind the politics – monks and vegans, beleagured neo-Nazis, enthusiastic posterers and Turkish "wise men". Check it out on stands now! more

Aug 31, 2017 11:45 AM Features

John is allowed to vote for the first time – but all the parties seem pretty awful. Can you help him out? more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion 6 Comments

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