Angela Merkel looks sure to be returned to power, but just about everything else is still up in the air as Germans head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament.
Opinion polls show the chancellor’s Christian Democrats and their Bavarian allies enjoy a big lead over the Social Democrats, led by former European Parliament President Martin Schulz. But Merkel, who is seeking a fourth four-year term, will need coalition partners — and it is far from clear who they will be.
The people, parties and policies at the heart of the next government will have a major influence on issues ranging from transatlantic relations, the future of European integration (especially the eurozone) and Brexit.
Below are highlights from POLITICO’s coverage of the campaign, the candidates, the parties and the issues.