Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has been forced to publish a list of lobbyists it gave Bundestag passes to, ending a legal battle. Parliamentary watchdogs think it’s time for a full obligatory lobby register.
An MP who works for a law firm representing Volkswagen in the emissions scandal voted to remove the item from a parliamentary committee’s agenda. According to the Bundestag, there’s no rule preventing him from doing so.
There has been much talk of a rightward shift in European politics this year, though Germany’s has been relatively mild. Here’s a rundown of the right-wing scene and its influence on Germany’s conservative parties.