The Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (Christian Democratic Union; CDU ...in this telling also including the allied Bavarian regional party, the CSU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel have won pride of place in the German Federal Election this weekend, albeit by the lowest total in years. But, best of all, their ally-of-preference the Freie Demokratische Partei (Free Democratic Party; FDP) did well enough to allow the formation of a two-party coalition government with the CDU.
The Socialist, the Left, and the Greens... are to be taken out with the recycling bin. The Socialists haven't done this badly since the Bundesrepublik came into being.
Bravo, Madam Chancellor. May this opportunity be put to good use. Europe, and The World, needs a Germany that can pull its weight.