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Welcome to our special mini-series of articles to help you understand what is shaping the general election in Germany this Sunday, September 26.

We will explain the quirks of the German electoral system – this is very unusual – and look at the legacy of Angela Merkel’s long tenure in charge.

After the deadly floods in Germany in July and an early push by the Greens in the polls, what impact will climate change have on the vote?

Thuringian AfD faction leader Bjoern Hoecke attends rally in ErfurtCredit: AP

After a massive victory in the 2017 election, the far-right party is just a footnote this time around.

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German election: Six stories to understand the pivotal vote
A German national flag flies above the German federal parliament, the BundestagCredit: AP

It can be complicated to understand. So here we break it down and explain how the German electoral system works.

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German election: Six stories to understand the pivotal vote
Scholz could be on the verge of leading the SDP to its first electoral victory since 2002.Credit: Britta Pedersen / (c) dpa-Zentralbild

Scholz could be on the verge of leading the SDP to its first electoral victory since 2002.

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German election: Six stories to understand the pivotal vote
German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the plenary hall after a debate on the situation in Germany ahead of the upcoming national elections in Berlin, GermanyCredit: AP

Angela Merkel will step down after the September elections in Germany. After 16 years in power, how will she be remembered?

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German election: Six stories to understand the pivotal vote
Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz speak to the media in Stolberg, which has been affected by heavy rains and flooding.Credit: Marius Becker / (c) dpa-Pool

German voters want to see more than lip service paid to the problem of global warming.

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German election: Six stories to understand the pivotal vote
Turkish immigrant Aliye Tuerkyilmaz, 48, distributes flyers about the COVID pandemic and tries to connect with other immigrants in one of the four languages ​​she speaksMarkus Schreiber / Markus Schreiber

Germany has the second largest political representation of minorities in Europe, with only 14 of the more than 700 federal lawmakers of Turkish origin.

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