Skateboards, climate change and freedom: Germany's next-generation Parliament

Germans have elected their youngest ever Parliament, and the two parties at the centre of this generational shift, the Greens and the Free Democrats, will be key to shaping the future of the country.

Max Lucks, 24, was voted into the German Parliament at the country's recent election. PHOTO: MAX LUCKS/INSTAGRAM
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BERLIN (NYTIMES) - Emilia Fester is 23 and has yet to finish college. Max Lucks is 24 and calls himself a militant cyclist. Ria Schröder is 29 and has the rainbow flag on her Twitter profile. Muhanad Al-Halak is 31 and came to Germany from Iraq when he was 11. And all of them are now in the German Parliament.

The German election result was in many ways a muddle. The winners, the Social Democrats led by Olaf Scholz, barely won. No party got more than 25.7 per cent. Voters spread their ballots evenly across candidates associated with the left and right.

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