First Past the Post: November 2

The Economist endorses Barack Obama in a very Economist endorsement.

Germany doesn’t have Mittmania.

Will the Arab Spring migrate south to Africa?

Ukraine’s withering EU hopes.

Georgia’s new prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has appointed a new Russian envoy to boost friendlier relations — former Russian ambassador from 2000 to 2004, Zurab Abashidze.

Deputy prime minister and Liberal Democratic leader Nick Clegg is attacking UK prime minister David Cameron over Europe in some of his most damning language to date (‘false promise wrapped in Union Jack’).

Poland, like throughout most of its history, is caught between Germany (and eurozone recession) and Russia.

Argentina lowers its voting age to 16.

A new poll in Israel shows that the newly fused electoral bloc of the right-wing Likud and the secular nationalist Yisrael Beytenu has lost support — the Likud/Beytenu wins 37 seats to 22 seats for Labor and 13 seats for new reformist group Yesh Atid, and just three seats for Kadima.

Greek finance minister Yannis Stournaras is ‘fairly confident’ a package of reforms and budget cuts will succeed in a parliamentary vote next week.

A showdown between protestors and Bahrain’s government following a ban on protests.

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