With the election just days away, Germany's traditional political partnerships could be fracturing.
Resignations and revenge will be on the mind of Bavaria's Christian Social Union when German politicians meet this week. But it's not clear just whose head might be on the political chopping block.
The European Socialists have launched their campaign for the European election in late May, with Germany's Martin Schulz as their top candidate. His goal: to become president of the European Commission.
The European People's Party will pick a top candidate for this year's EU ballot later on Friday in Dublin. With an eye on Crimea, assembled leaders including Angela Merkel invited Yulia Tymoshenko and Vitaly Klitschko.
Fellow Bavarians have given a German ex-cabinet minister a standing ovation following his resignation. Hans-Peter Friedrich quit amid a scandal straining Chancellor Angela Merkel's new coalition.
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