The center-left Social Democrats are ahead of the conservative CDU/CSU bloc by almost two percentage points, preliminary election results show. In such a tight race, the possibilities for a coalition are still unclear.
The Christian Democrats are not only Germany's leading party. The CDU is also an institution that's very much the product of history. But the poor showing in the latest general election will prompt some soul-searching.
A referendum proposing that authorities in Berlin seize and take into public ownership more than 200,000 homes could pass on September 26. But political and legal hurdles mean it may never become reality.
A significant majority of Germans say religion plays no role in their life, a poll has shown. Fewer than one in eight adults believe that faith makes the world a fairer place, although younger people were more positive.
A man acting "out of anger" fatally shot a gas station clerk who asked him to wear a mask. Public figures have pointed to Germany's Querdenken movement, warning of possible radicalization among coronavirus skeptics.
The Brexit referendum, the US elections in 2016 and this year's state elections in Germany's Saxony-Anhalt: Pollsters often get it wrong. So how relevant are opinion polls ahead of the federal election?