CDU lose State of Hamburg
The Christian Democrat Union (CDU) of German Chancellor Angela Merkel have lost control of the 1.3 million people city state of Hamburg to the Social Democratic Party (SPD).
The CDU, who have governed Hamburg since 2001 received 21.9% of the vote, down from 42.6%. The SPD took 48.3% of the vote, giving them a three seat overall majority with 62 of the 121 seats in the state parliament. This means the SPD will be able to govern without having to go into a coalition with the Greens.
The Greens received 11.2% of the vote (previously 9.6%), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) took their first seat with 6.6% of the vote and the Left Party got 6.4%. Turnout was 63%.
The governing parties now have 31 seats in the Bundesrat down from 34 where the majority needed is 35. The Bundesrat is a national legislative chamber which represents the interests of all 16 German states.
The next challenge for the CDU is in Baden-Württemberg on 27th March which they have held since 1953.