Ok so I'm a few days late with this one, but I wanted to be perhaps the last to bring you electoral news from Germany.
The Greens did well, picking up 68 seats with more than ten per cent of the vote. The scientific liberals and free software gurus of the Pirate Party failed to win a set, but they did poll some 2 per cent of the poll - staggeringly they are reported to have picked up as much as 13 per cent of the vote among first-time voters.
I'm hardly supried that both the Greens and the Pirates have done well. People are fed up with the traditional big parties of politics: an increasing number of them are looking for radical, but sensible, solutions, to the big challenges we face: of climate change, of worsening poverty and inequality, of economic depression, of monopoly power, of attacks on our freedoms and rights.