For more than 40 years the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting full primary documents and excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the world. Each volume includes approximately 70 events with well over 100 documents from the previous year, from official or other influential reports and surveys, to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more.

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Germany Holds Federal Elections: September 23, October 9, and December 17, 2013

Germany Holds Federal Elections: September 23, October 9, and December 17, 2013

Germany holds federal elections: September 23, October 9, and December 17, 2013

The party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a decisive victory in parliamentary elections on September 22, 2013, giving Merkel a historic third term as Chancellor. The convincing electoral win for her center-right alliance of Christian Democrats was a sure sign that the voters approved of Merkel's handling of Germany and the EU's severe economic challenges. In particular, it was seen as an endorsement of her actions in addressing the eurozone debt crisis, including arranging EU-funded bailouts for the most indebted eurozone countries like Greece and Portugal. Merkel's party fell just short of an overall majority, which required her to form a ...

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