The trend continues: so long, Schroder
Lost in the cacaphonous din of the Miers nomination is the following news: Angela Merkel of the Christian Democrats (now, there's a party title unlikely to fly in this country) appears to be on her way to becoming Germany's next Chancellor.
Although the government under her will be rather evenly mixed, the result of a compromise between her party and Schroder's Social Democrats, her replacement of Schroder as Chancellor continues a worldwide trend noted here.
The trend? In general (with the noted exception of Spain), in countries which have had post-Iraq war elections, those who backed the coalition have been electorally victorious, while those who bucked it are gone.