Angela Merkel's conservative bloc has pulled off re-election in the German federal elections today, which makes her the first (and so far only) world leader to be re-elected during this economic panic.
One interesting tidbit: Guido Westerwelle, the leader of the FDP, the liberal (i.e., libertarian/free market) party, is likely to be foreign minister or some other very high-level official in her government. Why's that interesting? After all, the foreign ministership is practically a safe position for the FDP. But Herr Westerwelle is openly gay.
Change I can believe in.