- German elections: Yesterday's coalition talks between Schöder's Social Democrats and Merkel's Christian Union apparently went well, even if there's still no obvious end in sight and no decision as yet over who will end up Chancellor. The closest British comparison - from what I can make out - would probably be if in 1974, rather than going to the polls again Labour and the Tories decided to team up, with Heath and Wilson trying to agree between them who would end up Prime Minister. All very odd, in ther words.
And if Schröder and Merkel can't come to an agreement? According to Der Spiegel, keep your eye on Edmund Stoiber, currently Governor of Bavaria and head of the Christian Social Union, Merkel's major coalition partner. But if they're honest, it's still the case that no one knows what the hell's going on.