First Past the Post: October 9

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras are meeting for official talks today in her first trip to Greece since the eurozone crisis began.

Gujarat, a state on the west-central coast of India and a BJP stronghold, will hold elections on December 13 and 17.

The Dutch GroenLinks (Dutch Green Left) have a new leader in Bram van Ojik following September’s parliamentary elections.

Mariano Rajoy’s party looks set to retain power in Galicia ahead of Oct. 21 elections.

In Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose Georgian Dream coalition won last week’s parliamentary election, has named 13 initial potential cabinet members.

More defections from DUP presidential candidate Moon Jae-in to independent candidate Ahn Cheol-soo. Moon now trails Ahn by 6.5 points, according to an early October poll.

Tiny Montenegro prepares for elections on October 14.

Fred Kaplan at Slate pans U.S. presidential contender Mitt Romney’s foreign policy speech.

Silvio Berlusconi may not stand for election in April 2013 and may support current caretaker prime minister Mario Monti instead.

Spanish political elites at the federal and regional level are drawing together in opposition of Artur Mas’s plan for greater Catalan autonomy.

France’s national assembly today passed the European fiscal compact treaty.

Will Israeli prime minister call early elections in January?

Libya’s new prime minister has been dismissed after failing to appoint a cabinet.

 

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