I was stunned to read that the Greens had won a quarter of the seats in the Baden-Wuerttemberg state elections in Germany. Then I remembered the recent Japanese atomic worries. I guess that explains it. Everyone knows the Greens are anti-nuclear-power.
Election Results, Baden-Wuerttemberg
Everyone lost votes, except Greens, who “cleaned up” (i.e., did well).
– The free-marketeer FDP party — seen as a respectable middle-class party, principally Protestant — lost half its voters to the Greens! [Update: See exit-poll info on party-shifts.]
– The parties that claim the centrist label (SPD and CDU) lost ~1-in-10 of their voters to the Greens. It is interesting that 1-in-10 CDU voters would vote for the far-left Greens on any circumstances.
– “Voelkisch” parties: A catch-all term I use here for right-wing dissident parties with some degree of implied racialist sympathies, the “far-right”, including fundamentalist-Christian parties. Collectively, these lost 1-in-3 of their voters to the Greens. (Note: The stridently-racialist NPD represented represented 17% of this paragrouping in 2006, but 40% in 2011.)
– A note on “Other“, one of the parties here is another “Green” party, more radical, known by the acronym “oedp”. It saw its vote double to nearly 1% of votes cast, but it will receive 0 seats, because:
Only parties getting over 5% of votes get seats, so the Greens actually have 26.1% of seats. SPD took 25.4% of seats. As they are a new slim majority of the Landtag, Greens+SPD will now form a state government. But with Greens as the senior partner! Unprecedented. I believe this will be the first time the Greens will lead a government in Germany. All because of a natural disaster thousands of miles away.
Another western German state — what we in English like to call Rhineland-Palatinate — also held elections, and the Greens entered the state assembly, taking 18% of seats. FDP lost half its voters here, too, knocking it out of the state assembly.