Weekly Standard — A victory for Angela Merkel and the Free Democrats.

The final campaign rally of the Social Democratic party (SPD) was impressive. More than a thousand people gathered at Pariser Platz, waving red banners and posters that said things like “We Are for Frank” (referring to the party’s candidate for chancellor, Frank-Walter Steinmeier) and “Bankers Would Vote for Merkel” (as in Christian Democratic chancellor Angela Merkel). A stage had been erected directly beneath the Brandenburg Gate and the sun was setting behind it. The weather could not have been any better–mild and sunny. (Such weather has a name: Kaiserwetter.)

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