Waxworks, crashes and the Hoff – a week in pics

This week has marked the final countdown to Germany's election on Sunday, but it hasn't just been political news making the headlines. The Hoff quitting Big brother, a waxwork Merkel and the death of a literary legend are all among the stories featured in The Local’s photos of the week.

Waxworks, crashes and the Hoff - a week in pics

The week kicked off with good news for Merkel’s Union, as Horst Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (the CDU’s Bavarian sister party) celebrated a landmark election victory. The CSU gained an absolute majority, allowing them to rule the southern state without former coalition partners the FDP.

On a more sombre note, Wednesday saw the death of venerable German literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki, aged 93. His TV programme “The Literary Quartet” ran for 13 years, and he has been hailed as one of the most famous figures of the literary world.

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We’ve also selected pictures from the final preparations for Oktoberfest, David Hasselhoff’s early exit from German Big Brother, a spookily accurate wax double of chancellor Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück’s final Berlin rally.

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