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German Election 2013

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

Opinion

Sunday's election wasn't all just about Merkel-mania. more

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The warm, fuzzy comfort of Angie? Angela Merkel’s re-election two days from now seems to be as inevitable as death. But why? Konrad Werner gets to the heart of the matter. more

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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

Opinion

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

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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

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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

Opinion

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

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Konrad has worked out why this election feels all wrong – the parties are trying to keep bad coalitions going. Here's some amateur relationship counselling. more

Opinion

Whether or not they're excited about Merkel's inevitable reelection, most Germans will be headed to the polls on Sep 22. But nobody's more removed from the elections than expats, Exberliner staffers included, and with good reason: we can't vote. more

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