Mon May 14th, 2007 at 04:01:43 AM EST
A little good news for progressives from Germany. The 'Free Hansa City of Bremen' is one of Germany's 16 federal lands (which actually consists of the two cities Bremen and Bremerhaven), which has been governed for 12 years by an SPD/CDU Grand Coalition. Today, there were new elections, which produced a clear left-ward shift.
The final results (below):
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|SPD (Social Democrats)||36.83%||-5.49pp||33||-7|
|CDU (Christian Democrats)||25.66%||-4.10pp||23||-6|
|Linke (Left Party)||8.40%||+6.73pp||7||+7|
|FDP (Free Democrats, neolib)||5.96%||+1.75pp||5||+4|
|DVU (German Popular Union, far-right)||2.75%||+0.47pp||1||0|
Both big parties lost, but while the CDU lost in about equal amounts to the neolib FDP, the two right-populists and elsewhere, the losses of the Social Democrats were more than made up by the gains of the Greens and the Left Party -- which got into a West German regional parliament for the first time.
In seats, the current numbers show an actual right-to-left swing of just two seats, but the entry of the Left Party completely changed political arithmetic.
Despite the losses, the SPD is still in the position to pick a coalition partner: CDU or Greens. The Green Party already announced that it wants to get into government. They do have reason to hope: the SPD might feel that to stem further voter loss to the Left Party, they have to demonstrate more leftishness at least by going Red-Green.