These words by Kissinger capture in a nut-shell the European and international perception of Germany. They are especially important today, with the up-coming elections. How important are the results of German elections for the European economy and policy?

On September 22, 2013 German citizens will chose the political route that the country (and some would argue - Europe) will follow in the coming four years. Elections for parliament and chancellor are the central events in political life of Germany.

Angela Merkel was first elected as chancellor in 2005, and re-elected in 2009. Her main competitor at the coming elections is Peer Steinbrück, representative of the Social-Democratic Party (SPD). The debates between the two politicians on September 1, 2013 did not reveal the leader: both were answering questions in a reserved and neutral way, no loud statements were made. 

Is the political scene of the first European economy going to change? What impact will it cause on the political and economic situation in Europe?