In a way the victory recalled those of Obama in 2008 and 2012. They marked an amazing defeat of racists; this coalition is a blow to primitive anti-communism.
Police confrontations in Germany have not been quite as severe as some have been in Ferguson. But some have been dramatic enough.
Fighters and Friends of the Spanish Republic welcomed one of the very last International Brigade survivors, Joseph Almudever.
U.S. readers are now probably wondering and/or worrying about their own election results. But, different as they may be, there are similarities between there and Germany.
The radical Die Linke looks set to take charge of a regional government in Germany for the first time, in alliance with the SPD and Greens.
Tragic when it doesn't occur to an economics minister that needed investments in infrastructure and education could be made if only taxes on the upper class were increased.
For millions, the opening of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago resulted in genuine and understandable euphoria.
Political porcelain has been broken, raising questions on what went wrong and, to quote that old Abbott and Costello routine, "Who's on first?" for the next five years.
When politicians vacation and little action is expected, the words German journalists use for this is "Saure-Gurken-Zeit" or "sour pickle time."
In early June, Europe had to digest the results of the European Parliament elections - and choke down some pretty nasty clumps.