Admittedly, the german language neither is an easy to learn nor an elegant language. During my stay in Kaufungen, I found this »Berliner« ad in front of a bakery. The writer obviously was not a native speaker (instead of »verschiedene Fühlungen« he meant »verschiedenen Füllungen«, »various fillings«):
While the CDU got the same result as one year ago, the citizens scolded the Social Democratic Party of Germany. They lost 13% compared to last year’s election. The FDP and the green party seem to have won those ballots.
Andrea Ypsilanti, who is responsible for the crash, finally withdrew herself a couple of minutes ago¹. It’s now the job of Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel to reunite the SPD. Roland Koch will probably remain as prime minister and form a coalition with the FDP. Probably not the worst choice for the inhabitants of Hesse.
Here’s a table of (rounded) results in percent:
¹ If she really wanted to prevent her party from this disastrous (and foreseeable) result, she IMO should have done so on November 4, 2008.
Hope you survived all of the holidays and your transition went well. Like most people, I spent some lazy days with various family members, enjoying great meals (including an original hungarian Pörkölt).