Merkel Wins, Yet Germany Shifts to the Left
German voters can be romantic and adventurous at times. In 2009, they handed Guido Westerwelle, a flamboyant, openly gay lawyer who had unsuccessfully run for just about every type of political office, from school president to chancellor of Germany, his biggest victory ever -- a 14.6 share of the vote for his Free Democratic Party, and the post of vice-chancellor and foreign minister. A single electoral cycle later, the FDP was demolished, winning just 4.8 percent of the vote yesterday and failing to get into the Bundestag.
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