Punks and pirates: the oddest political parties

Punks and pirates: the oddest political parties

The German election campaign has been accused of being dull and out-of-touch. To rectify that The Local has travelled a step or two beyond the mainstream.

Your guide – the Green Party (Die Grünen)

Your guide – the Green Party (Die Grünen)

Liberal leader quits after poor poll showing

Liberal leader quits after poor poll showing

Green leadership quits en masse

Green leadership quits en masse

SPD supporters wary of Merkel coalition

SPD supporters wary of Merkel coalition

Your Guide – The Left Party (Die Linke)

Your Guide – The Left Party (Die Linke)

Merkel to start coalition talks with SPD on Friday

Merkel to start coalition talks with SPD on Friday

Five ministers resign in Liberal party meltdown

Five ministers resign in Liberal party meltdown

Far-left becomes third biggest party

Far-left becomes third biggest party

Liberal collapse worrying for Brit Lib Dems too

Liberal collapse worrying for Brit Lib Dems too

Merkel’s CDU jubilant but coalition-cautious

Merkel’s CDU jubilant but coalition-cautious

Your guide – The Free Democratic Party (FDP)

Your guide – The Free Democratic Party (FDP)

Your guide – the Social Democratic Party (SPD)

Your guide – the Social Democratic Party (SPD)

Your guide – the Christian Social Union (CSU)

Your guide – the Christian Social Union (CSU)

Steinbrück shrugs off ‘blackmail attempt’

Steinbrück shrugs off ‘blackmail attempt’

The comedian who will quiz Merkel and her rival

The comedian who will quiz Merkel and her rival

Extremists attack Eurosceptic party leader

Extremists attack Eurosceptic party leader

Parliament opens with record number of women

Parliament opens with record number of women

Liberal MPs paid despite losing jobs

Liberal MPs paid despite losing jobs

SPD leaders agree to Merkel coalition talks

SPD leaders agree to Merkel coalition talks

Greens quit talks with Merkel over coalition

Greens quit talks with Merkel over coalition

Merkel and centre-left party set for more talks

Merkel and centre-left party set for more talks

Merkel hopes for coalition within a week

Merkel hopes for coalition within a week

Again? Third of Germans want fresh elections

Again? Third of Germans want fresh elections

Greens elect leader and prepare for Merkel talks

Greens elect leader and prepare for Merkel talks

Merkel and left-wing rival end first round of talks

Merkel and left-wing rival end first round of talks

Green Party warms up to Merkel coalition

Green Party warms up to Merkel coalition

Opposition drags heels over Merkel coalition

Opposition drags heels over Merkel coalition

Merkel ‘open’ to grand coalition with SPD

Merkel ‘open’ to grand coalition with SPD

LIVE BLOG: German election night 2013

LIVE BLOG: German election night 2013

Merkel hails ‘superb’ election result

Merkel hails ‘superb’ election result

Merkel in personal pitch as election nears

Merkel in personal pitch as election nears

Top 10 weirdest election campaign moments

Top 10 weirdest election campaign moments

Reasons why the election matters to non-Germans

Reasons why the election matters to non-Germans

Merkel gets a makeover (in wax)

Merkel gets a makeover (in wax)

Merkel gets lift from big win in Bavarian poll

Merkel gets lift from big win in Bavarian poll

Merkel woos voters with ‘Mummy’ campaign

Merkel woos voters with ‘Mummy’ campaign

Merkel’s rival gives voters the middle finger

Merkel’s rival gives voters the middle finger

Your guide – the Christian Democratic Party (CDU)

Your guide – the Christian Democratic Party (CDU)

Fake Merkel debate tricks party members

Fake Merkel debate tricks party members

Merkel’s necklace gets its own Twitter account

Merkel’s necklace gets its own Twitter account

Merkel and rival play it safe in TV debate

Merkel and rival play it safe in TV debate

Steinbrück gains on Merkel but still trails

Steinbrück gains on Merkel but still trails