Both the parties in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition have suffered heavy losses in a regional election, exit polls suggest.
SPD’s vote actually halved, from 20.6% in 2013, to just 9.7%! This marks the party’s worst result in Bavaria since the 1930s, and is the first state parliament now where they have fallen below the symbolic 10% threshold in recent history - a painful exercise for a former Volkspartei.
New German movement aims to revive country's left
Newspaper Bild signed Lima the dog up for the SPD using the party's online tool and her owner's email and postal addresses.
Researchers used artificial intelligence to compare the manifestos of the German parties with the coalition agreement. And it showed that 70 percent of the content referred to the SPD manifesto and only 30 percent to that of the conservatives
Andrea Nahles, the favourite to lead the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), described Martin Schulz's decision as "remarkable and humane".
Germany's long-awaited coalition needs the backing of the party's young voters.
All-night talks yet to bear fruit as many SPD rank and file call for any deal with Angela Merkel to be rejected.
A deal on health care and labour reforms are needed to prevent Germany from facing a second election within four months.
Today many Easterners can't help but feel they were merely absorbed by their more wealthy, Western neighbors, rather than joining as equal partners.
Germany is inching closer toward forming a new government. The Social Democrats led by Martin Schulz narrowly voted on Sunday to start talks with Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.
If talks go well, Merkel could begin her fourth term as Chancellor by April.
Talks to begin reprise of "grand coalition" ending months of political deadlock
Grassroots party members will get final say on any eventual deal.
Chancellor Angela Merkel says her conservative bloc and the Social Democrats still had difficult obstacles to clear before they could agree to enter coalition talks
The CDU-CSU are in preliminary talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) in what some are labelling a last chance to form a stable coalition in Germany.
The coming days could prove decisive for Angela Merkel's future as chancellor.
In an apparent suicide attack, a man has rammed a car into the Berlin headquarters of Germany's SPD headquarters