German elections

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 Zeitgeist

John Riceburg: Crowdsource my vote!

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 The Berlin Blog 6 Comments

Konrad Werner: The CDU blames Merkel for doing her job

So apparently the CDU leader in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern thinks Merkel's "refugee policy" is to blame for his electoral defeat. Maybe it would've helped if he'd pointed out his state hardly has any refugees. more

Sep 5, 2016 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog

Seymour Gris: The birds and the bees of Tempelhof

Gris went trudging around Tempelhofer Feld this morning and talked to the huge (and we mean numerously huge) unheard and unwashed masses in the wake of the 100% Tempelhof victory. more

May 27, 2014 11:30 AM The Berlin Blog

John Riceburg: Is THE PARTY always right?

Adventures in "Linkenland" begins today with John Riceburg's new bi-weekly blog navigating the left-ier lands of politics. He starts of here with political funny guys, Die PARTEI. more

Oct 2, 2013 2:30 PM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: Germany is a monarchy now

Angela Merkel has swept the election, but she tripped herself up doing it – her triumph came at the expense of the FDP. Erm, so now what? more

Sep 23, 2013 10:30 AM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Amok Mama: My son got to vote more than I did

Jacinta Nandi has a conversation with her kid about voting in Germany. more

Sep 22, 2013 3:00 PM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Founded in January 2001, Die Violetten consider themselves closest to the Greens – not only because both parties are named after a colour. Led by Irene Garcia and Markus Benz, their 800 registered members promote a “spiritual lifestyle”. more

Sep 20, 2013 3:00 PM Culture

Founded in August 2004 by Martin Sonneborn, editor of satirical monthly Titanic, ‘The Party‘ is famous for advocating rebuilding the Berlin Wall (in order to create a functioning communist system) and boasts no less than 10,263 members. more

Sep 20, 2013 2:00 PM Culture

Founded in 1992 by journalist Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the German-born wife of US activist Lyndon LaRouche, the BüSo (Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität) is Germany’s own incarnation of the US messianic movement. more

Sep 20, 2013 2:00 PM Culture

Since its founding in Munich by police detective Max Lallinger in October 1946, the BP has had only one main goal: the the secession of Bavaria from the Federal Republic. They also want to repeal the smoking ban and less restrictive gun laws. more

Sep 20, 2013 1:00 PM Culture

Founded in 1995, Die Frauen boasts 385 members – 99 percent of them, you guessed it, women – with a stronghold in Bavaria. They promote “matriarchal principles”, right down to their refusal to have a party leader (leadership is patriarchal). more

Sep 20, 2013 1:00 PM Culture

We've already told you about the CDU and the four other major political parties vying for a seat in the Bundestag. And you probably know about the irreverent but as of yet not formidable Pirates. But what about the rest? Here's a rundown. more

Sep 20, 2013 12:30 PM Zeitgeist

These two uniquely Berlin parties merged in April 2011, and most of their 257 members and supporters reside in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The party is most famous for their yearly vegetable fight at Oberbaumbrücke. more

Sep 20, 2013 12:30 PM Culture

Konrad Werner: It's a cliffhanger! A cliff-overhanger

Konrad is all excited about the election again. Because of the FDP's abject weakness and Germany's bizarre voting system, it's actually on a knife-edge. Here's why. more

Sep 20, 2013 11:00 AM The Berlin Blog

ELECTION TIME! Whether you hold a German passport or not, you may be curious about the nuts and bolts of the German voting system. Here's a quick primer. more

Sep 17, 2013 12:30 PM Zeitgeist

ELECTION TIME! On Sun, Sep 22, Germans hit the voting booths. For all those who haven't had time to wade through German political waters, in-house political junkie Konrad Werner explains the issues, the candidates, and the possible outcomes. more

Sep 17, 2013 11:31 AM Zeitgeist 1 Comments

Seymour Gris: The sad, pathetic downfall of the German Greens

The once sneaker-and-woolly-jumper-wearing Greens have probably changed Germany for the better more than any other party. But a single signature in 1981 may be the downfall of the Green's top candidate, Jürgen Trittin. more

Sep 17, 2013 11:30 AM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: Peer's smelly finger

Peer Steinbrück has finally lost it. The election, and his sanity. more

Sep 13, 2013 10:00 AM The Berlin Blog

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