Vanishing Voters - Germany's Christian Democrats in decline | The US Election - Which candidate is the better partner for Germany? | Without Hope - The plight of Sinti and Roma in Germany | Baby Bust - Countering the demographic decline
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is more popular than her Christian Democratic party with German voters. In major cities, in particular, the conservative vote is on the decline. Now Stuttgart, long an unassailable Christian Democratic stronghold, has elected a Green Party mayor. But the conservatives are also struggling in other cities such as Hamburg. Why are so many voters abandoning the CDU?
The US will elect a new president next week. How are relations between Germany and the United States faring in the lead-up to the election? And who would be the better foreign policy partner for Germany: Mitt Romney or Barack Obama?
Many Sinti and Roma are fleeing to Germany in hopes of escaping poverty, misery and ongoing discrimination back at home. Most are from Serbia and Macedonia. In Germany, they have food and a roof over their heads - but little hope for a better future.
Germany has the world’s second-lowest birth rate, after Japan. The birth rate in Germany today is only about half what it was 50 years ago. Demographic experts say this decline is in part due to many couples’ decision to postpone childbearing until their careers are on a solid footing.