The parties have spent months courting voters on the campaign trail. The start was low-key, with tension gradually building into the final days.
The upstart Alternative for Germany party attracted voters in the last election with its tough anti-euro currency stance. Now, in a quest to enter the European Parliament, the party is embracing populist sentiments.
If Germany's future federal government is made up of the country's two largest political groups, it won't receive much support from younger party members. They oppose the grand coalition alliance for several reasons.
For a long time, Nelson Mandela was a controversial figure among German politicians, while numerous German companies enjoyed good business relations with the apartheid government. It took a while for this to change.
The German government has dismissed remarks by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who said Germans denied the existence of concentration camps. The chancellery gave the comment short shrift.
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