German elections roundup
Shorter German electorate: we are angry and disillusioned about the economic crisis caused by free market neo-liberalism. Therefore, we will vote for our very own free market neo-liberal party to be part of the government.
Shorter Martin Kettle and other British newspaper columnists: Angela Merkel is an extremely successful leader. It is a sign of how well she has done as Chancellor that her party got its lowest share of the vote since the Second World War.
Overall, a terrible set of results. But two consolations:
1. The combined Left vote (SPD, Left Party and Greens) came to 48.2% on the constituency list and 45.6% on the party list vote. The results will hopefully encourage these parties to work together at a state level and consider a Red/Red/Green coalition in future.
2. Far from the economic crisis leading to a resurgence of the far right in Germany, the two main far right parties ended up in 8th and 10th places overall, and their combined vote was less than that of the Pirate Party.