German Election 2013

Edit 2: Merkel won by landslide. Her speech:

“Heute wird gefeiert – morgen wird gearbeitet.” (Today we celebrate, tomorrow we work).

Edit: Merkel set to win – http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/merkel-wins-third-term-in-general-election-exit-polls-suggest-a-923755.html

Background reading/in-depth articles.

Live blogs (in English):

Infographic – http://wahl.tagesschau.de/wahlen/2013-09-22-BT-DE/wahlmonitor/index.shtml (in German but you’ll be able to figure it out anyway.


Electoral Precedent

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The New Georgia

Ivanishvili

The Georgian Dream won a majority in the Georgian elections, overthrowing nine years of Mikhail Saakashvili through the ballot box. Ivanishvili, the former opposition leader, has promised better relations with both Russia and America; presumably by not starting wars or curbing on human rights.

Bidzina Ivanishvili made his fortune in Russia, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the result would mean more “constructive forces” entering Georgian government. Vyacheslav Nikonov , deputy head of the Duma’s international affairs committee branded Saakashvili a war criminal and said that keeping “Saakashvili further away from the instruments of power is a plus for Russian-Georgian relations.”