With the election just days away, Germany's traditional political partnerships could be fracturing.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition has cruised to a major victory in parliamentary elections. However, many voters chose to stay at home.
The coalition of Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has won a large majority in a parliamentary poll enabling him to pursue his reform agenda. But low turnout shows voters saw no real choice, says analyst Kristin Surak.
For the first time since 1969, Germany has balanced its budget. Lawmakers in parliament approved the historic budget, despite repeated outcry from the opposition investment was more important than a "black zero."
Three left-leaning parties have signed a coalition agreement in the German state of Thuringia, giving Germany its first socialist-led state government in 25 years. But a slim majority could pose problems.
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