|Percentages of votes won and gains or losses (©BZ)|
*Schleswig-Holstein meerumschlungen, i.e., Germany's northern state is bordered in the east by the Baltic Sea and in the west by the North Sea
|Number of seats in Schleswig-Holstein's new parliament (©BZ)|
|The Jamaican flag|
A few remarks are necessary. The AfD, the right wing Action for Germany, made it into the legislature with 5.9% of the votes and 4 seats, while the SSW got 3 seats with only 3.5% of the votes. Note that the so-called 5% hurdle* does not apply to the party of the Danish minority. On the the other hand the Pirates fell out of the state parliament with only 1.2% loosing 7% compared to the previous election in 2012.
*A minimum of 5% of the votes for a party is necessary in German elections to be presented in a legislature.
Suddenly the Social Democrats are scared stiff with respect to the state election in North Rhine-Westphalia next Sunday where an incumbent red-green government is at stake.