Derided as boring, there's actually good reasons to watch closely when Germans go to the polls on Sunday.
News organizations are teaming up with tech giants to fact-check stories shared online.
German authorities have braced for what they believe to be a campaign of Russian-sponsored hacking and fake news against Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Former European Parliament president Schulz took over his party to turn its flagging performance around.
The German chancellor's Christian Democratic Union has its party congress this week.
Move fuels speculation that Schulz could contest Angela Merkel's chancellorship.