A poster in Essen showing women in traditional German dress promotes the far-right party Alternative for Germany. The poster says, "Colorful variety? We have already." Martin Meissner/AP hide caption toggle caption Martin Meissner/AP Parallels In German Election, Campaign Posters Are More Important Than TV Ads September 23, 2017 The poster tradition dates back hundreds of years and serves as an equalizer in modern-day German elections. But some of today's messaging has been provocative to the point of causing offense.