Germany is in a very interesting political state, and It's one I see being the future of world politics.
Essentially, both the liberal and conservative parties got equal votes in the election. So they had to work together. Which is very hard because of their completely different views on politics. one is neo-socialist, one is capitalist.
The negotiations don't show instability, they merely show how much time and effort it takes to reconcile liberal and conservative politics into a workable coalition.
Imagine if The Republicans and the Democrates both got the same votes. Not one vote in it, but exactly the same. I don't know if American politics can allow this, or whether there are checks and balances for it. But to be truely democratic, we must let the people decide. And if they decide something odd like this, or something stupid like voting in a tyrant, we gotta let them do it. otherwise it's not free democracy, it's something other.
I don't think they are afraid of the USA. I doubt many people outside of Iran and North Korea are at the moment, especially with the presidents' support ratings at 37%.
Which is similar to here in the UK where Tony Blair has been humiliated in Parliament by a party rebellion (they didn't vote in what he wanted, and thank God for that too!).
politics is a fun game... I have been offered a career in it many times, but always turned it down. too much stress!
plus, most E uropean countries can still make decisions, even when they don't know who is in charge. They can't change laws i don't think, but say for example they were under threat etc. Parliaments can still meet in some circumstances in interim periods. I believe this is slightly different in US politicks?
Speaking of Fujimora, who fled Peru under what politely might be called "a Cloud" (when his ex-Cuban intel Goon was arested in his stead) and given Sanctuary in seemingly Old Imperial Japan...well he slipped back into Peru about a week ago and was apprehended soon thereafter. The timing of his return, one month before elections has been a bigger story than the upcoming vote counts. As he likely intended?