The Local’s live coverage of the 2009 election

The Local’s live coverage of the 2009 election

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Merkel’s conservatives win with FDP: exit polls

Merkel’s conservatives win with FDP: exit polls

Early exit polls showed Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives winning Germany's election on Sunday, with a centre-right coalition with the Free Democrats likely.

Is Germany ready for a reforming Merkel?

Is Germany ready for a reforming Merkel?

German voters have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel another four years in office and a mandate for change. But will the country wake up with an election hangover if she now becomes a vigorous conservative reformer?

Fewer visitors to Frankfurt car show amid global crisis

Fewer visitors to Frankfurt car show amid global crisis

The crisis in the global automotive industry appears to have affected the Frankfurt motor show which closed Sunday with visitor numbers down some 150,000 this year, Germany's VDA auto federation said.

Turnout low as German voters head to the polls

Turnout low as German voters head to the polls

Despite abundant sunshine and mild temperatures across much of Germany, voter turnout for the country's general election on Sunday was shaping up to be much lower than four years ago.

Germany’s great piano makers the latest victims of downturn

Germany’s great piano makers the latest victims of downturn

Germany's prestigious piano makers have emerged as the latest industry to be battered by the global recession as worldwide sales of the instrument plummet.

Oktoberfest crowds drown recession in beer

Oktoberfest crowds drown recession in beer

Oktoberfest is booming despite the bad global economy, with 100,000 more guests downing a Maß or 10 in the first week compared with last year, organisers reported Sunday.

Five dead in horror autobahn crash

Five dead in horror autobahn crash

Five people were killed and one other badly injured in a horrific crash on Sunday morning after a car apparently drove the wrong way down a motorway near Munich.

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The colourful coalitions possible from Germany’s vote

Will it be a Jamaica coalition, the traffic light, black-yellow, or perhaps even red-red-green? There's a kaleidoscope of possibilities for the outcome of Sunday's German election, where every party goes under its own colour.

Former general calls for Afghan withdrawal by 2012

Former general calls for Afghan withdrawal by 2012

A prominent former Bundeswehr general and NATO commander has called for German troops to start pulling out of Afghanistan within three years.