Ahead of this weekend's elections, I look beyond the German chancellor's bowl cut and pant suits to see if we could have been mates if we'd grown up together.
"The full veil is not appropriate here, it should be forbidden wherever that is legally possible. It does not belong to us."
"There is nothing that gives us hope for tomorrow," one refugee told VICE News.
The country's far-right nationalist and anti-immigrant group AfD, or "Alternative for Germany" won seats in three states holding regional elections, exit polls indicated on Sunday.