German political parties, explained
The Local · 13 Sep 2013, 11:58
Published: 13 Sep 2013 11:58 GMT+02:00
As Germany's general election looms, the dry business of politics can often seem obscure to the outsider, but The Local is here to help – we've put together your guide to the parties.
Struggling to distinguish between the SPD and the FDP? Unsure what makes the CDU and CSU different? The links below lead to a look at the country's biggest parties jostling for places in parliament.
The Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
The Christian Social Union (CSU)
The Social Democratic Party (SPD)
The Free Democratic Party (FDP)
The Greens (Die Grünen)
The Left (Die Linke)
News channel NTV said there were scenes of panic in the city centre following the attack. Photo: DPA
A 21-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete Sunday in the southwest German city of Reutlingen in an incident local police said did not bear the hallmarks of a "terrorist attack".
Vigils continue in Munich to commemorate the victims, seven of whom were teenagers. Photo: DPA
The teenage gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday had been planning his attack for a year, according to German authorities.
A debate is already underway as to whether Germany's gun laws, which are already strict, should be tightened further. Photo: AFP
Investigators were seeking clues on Sunday into the mind of gunman David Ali Sonboly, the teen author of one of Germany's bloodiest killing sprees.
The Munich gunman may have hacked a Facebook account to lure some of the victims to the McDonald's fast-food outlet where the shooting began. Photo: DPA
Social networks were both a curse and a blessing in the deadly shopping mall shooting in Munich, as police sometimes found themselves chasing fictitious leads and false alarms.
In the chaos after the Munich mall shooting, city residents spontaneously offered shelter to strangers - a move that Chancellor Angela Merkel said showed that Germany's strength lies in its values.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said Munich had suffered a "night of horror" after a shooting spree in the southern German city left nine people dead.
People laying flowers at the site of the shootings. Photo: DPA.
David Ali Sonboly was a quiet, helpful teenager who loved playing video games. His neighbours say there were no warning signs before his deadly rampage at a Munich shopping mall.
The lone teenager who shot dead nine people in a gun rampage in Munich was "obsessed" with mass killers such as Norwegian rightwing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik and had no links to the Islamic State group, police said Saturday.
Three Turkish citizens were among the nine people killed in Germany's Munich mall shooting. Three Kosovans were also among the nine victims.
Flowers laid at the Olympia Shopping Centre underground station. Photo: DPA
According to initial investigations by Munich police, the young man who went on a shooting rampage in Munich on Friday evening was a lone gunman without motive, not a terrorist.