Yesterday three federal states hold elections for their parliaments (and in another one communal elections took place as well). As usual on election days I spent the evening sitting in front of the TV and watched the announcement and the interpretation of the preliminary results.

The primary results based on SPIEGEL:

Saarland 2009 Diff. to 2004 Saxony 2009 Diff. to 2004 Thuringia 2009 Diff. to 2004
CDU 34.5 % -13% 1 40.2% -0.8% 1 31.2% -11.8% 1
SPD 24.5% -6.3% 2 10.3% +0.6% 3 18.5% +4% 3
Grüne 5.9% +0.3% 5 6.4% +1.3% 5 6.2% +1.7% 5
FDP 9.2% +4% 4 10.0% +4.1% 4 7.6% +4.0% 4
Linke 21.3% +19% 3 20.6% -3% 2 27.4% +1.3% 2
NPD 5.6% -3.6% 6
Others 4.6% -4% 9.1% +0.7%

The results are widely discussed because in four weeks the federal election will take place, and therefore the outcome is used as a seismograph. It is very tempting to shuffle the results together for interpretation, but that just does not work out properly.

I know it is so easy to scold politicians, but seriously –  a lot of their statements after an election are so tiresome. Even after they lost many of them try to sell well and pick on the other parties instead. And it is always so refreshing to listen to someone who states honestly: yes, we lost.

And it is tiresome to listen to journalists who ask so many stupid questions as well.

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