German election: Six stories to understand the pivotal vote

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As the page turns for a new post-Merkel chapter in Germany, we explain all you need to know about the country's general election on Sunday.


Welcome to our special mini-series of articles to help you understand what's shaping Germany's general election this Sunday (September 26).

We'll explain the quirks of the German election system -- it is very unusual -- and look at the legacy of Angela Merkel's long stint in charge.

After Germany's deadly floods in July and an early surge for the Greens in the polls, what impact will climate change have on the vote?

1. Has the AfD's Nazi rhetoric doomed it to electoral oblivion?

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Thuringia's AfD faction leader Bjoern Hoecke attending a rally in ErfurtCredit: AP

After a massive win in the 2017 elections, the far-right party is little more than a footnote this time around.

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2. Explainer: How does the German election system work?

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A German national flag waves on top of the German federal parliament, the BundestagCredit: AP

It can be complicated to understand. So here we break it down and explain how Germany's election system works.

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3. Olaf Scholz makes a comeback by making fewer gaffes than his rivals

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Scholz could be poised to lead the SDP to its first election victory since 2002.Credit: Britta Pedersen/(c) dpa-Zentralbild

Scholz could be poised to lead the SDP to its first election victory since 2002.

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4. Auf Wiedersehen, Angela: How Merkel has shaped Europe and Germany

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the plenary hall after a debate about the situation in Germany ahead of the upcoming national election in Berlin, GermanyCredit: AP

Angela Merkel will leave office after Germany holds its September election. After 16 years in power, how will she be remembered?

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5. How Germany's deadly floods made climate change a key election issue

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Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz address the media in Stolberg, which was hit by heavy rain and floods.Credit: Marius Becker/(c) dpa-Pool

German voters want to see more than lip service paid to the problem of global warming.

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6. Disenfranchised and unheard, Germany's Turks remain an island

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Turkish immigrant Aliye Tuerkyilmaz, 48, hands out flyers about the COVID pandemic and tries to connect with other immigrants in one of the four languages she speaksMarkus Schreiber/Markus Schreiber

Germany has the second-worst political representation for minorities in Europe, with just 14 out of over 700 federal lawmakers of Turkish background.

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