My german colleagues in Die Linke have written an excellent analysis on the recent elections in Hesse and Lower Saxony in Germany. They write:
DIE LINKE emerged successful from the regional elections on Sunday 27th January in the German Federal states of Hesse and Lower Saxony. After the state of Bremen, where the party in May 2007 for the first time entered a West German Federal state parliament, DIE LINKE will have Parliamentarians in two further West German states. In Lower Saxony (capital: Hannover), the party got 7,1% of the votes, while in Hesse (capital: Wiesbaden) it just overstepped the 5% threshold with 5.1%. In both countries, the big parties had tried to prevent DIE LINKE entering the Parliament by anticommunist campaigning.
Read the rest of their report: DIE LINKE Election results 27 01 2008.doc