The parties have spent months courting voters on the campaign trail. The start was low-key, with tension gradually building into the final days.
A recent anti-Islamization demonstration in Dresden that made a point of avoiding right-wing symbols drew thousands. Now, the PEGIDA movement is spreading to other cities, fueled by worries of Islamic radicalism.
Angela Merkel has become the key player in the most diverse set of crises, be they domestic, European, or even military. This speaks volumes for her strengths, but also poses risks, according to DW's Marcel Fürstenau.
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.
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