For those accustomed to the raucousness of elections in the Indian subcontinent, Europe’s own periodic festivals of democracy can seem to have the solemn bearing of a funeral. No less than the future of Europe appeared to be at stake as Germany went to the polls last weekend. The prospect of four more years for Angela Merkel, the chief enforcer of austerity, concentrated the minds of unemployed youth in Greece and Spain as well as derivatives traders in London.
German Free Democratic Party chief Philipp Roesler resigned today after the FDP suffered the biggest defeat in its postwar history. Christian Lindner, FDP chairman in North Rhine-Westphalia, may succeed him.
Germany’s Free Democrats, who have held the balance of power more than any other political party in the republic’s history, were ousted from parliament after voters defected to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the euro- skeptic AfD.
Angela Merkel won an overwhelming endorsement from German voters, putting the country’s first female chancellor on course for the biggest election tally since Helmut Kohl’s post-reunification victory of 1990.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s sister party was set to win a majority in Bavarian state elections, giving the incumbent a boost as she heads into the final week of her campaign before a national vote.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bid for re-election on Sept. 22 may get a lift from Sunday’s Bavarian state vote, with polls showing her Christian Social Union sister party poised to regain an absolute majority.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bearing as a frugal “housewife” on Greece and other troubled euro nations is a campaign vote-winner that won’t change after election day, a regional leader of her party said.