In Germany, the FDP party (part of the ruling coalition) has slipped so much it may be entirely out of the Saarland parliament with just 1.2% of the vote. Where it is all going?
The new, pro Internet freedom Pirate Party, which stunned the German political scene last September by seizing 8.9 percent of votes for Berlin's city assembly, repeated its success in Saarland, winning 7.4 percent to enter the state assembly for the first time.
Commentators say that by winning a provincial state like Saarland, the Pirates have shown they are a force to be reckoned with in coming elections. The Pirates beat the Greens, who took five percent, down slightly from the last state vote.