Now that the U.S.’s economic recovery is a sure thing, thanks to the hard work our sage and wise leaders put in a couple of hours after allowing the country to fly off the fiscal cliff, weary eyes turn to the other side of the Atlantic, where the Germans and Italians look to elect similarly sage and wise representatives. Well, the Germans, anyway.

Italy votes first, on Feb. 24-25. Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s bid for a comeback is already making politicians and markets anxious around Europe…

You remember Silvio, don’t you? He’s the former leader of a major economy convicted of tax evasion in October. But don’t put it past the Italians to make him their prime minister for a fourth time, rather than the dour Mario Monti, the economist-technocrat who replaced him in an effort to keep Italy from becoming Greece. According to recent polls, somewhat less than 20% of Italians plan to vote for Silvio’s party, compared to about one-third who are backing the left-leaning Partito Democratico.

Later this year, an actually important country will vote on whether to keep the woman Silvio once called una “culona inchiavabile” (Look it up. Or click here.) in charge of both it and Europe. Her chances look good:

Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democratic Party’s candidate for chancellor, said in an interview in the Sunday edition of the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that “Angela Merkel is popular because she gets a women’s bonus.”

Europe’s Recovery Hinges on Key Votes [WSJ]
In Germany, Merkel’s Main Rival Appears to Stumble From Gaffe to Gaffe [NYT]

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  1. Posted by *sigh* | January 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Shazar's post : a good post :: "FIRST!" : a good comment

  2. Posted by hmm | January 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Bess is gonna be pissed when she finds out you've been uploading articles to the site without getting editorial approval.

  3. Posted by Sherwin | January 2, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    More editorial than quoted material – a Shaz First!

  4. Posted by Dudlyman | January 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Shaz or get off the pot!

  5. Posted by Shaqtus | January 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Bess do you hold a morning affirmation to talk Mathew and the Shazman through their emotions about the comment section?

  6. Posted by Guest | January 3, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    How is "woman's bonus" not a tag?

  7. Posted by Cyprus banking | April 24, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    People should be more wisely when electing government officials this will lessen the risk of corruption and any other problems that involves the economy.

  8. Posted by sohbet | May 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    One suit to rule them all.