The "crime" of those on the left, aside from occasional rocks or bottles thrown at Nazis, was a failure to support the "basic libertarian democratic order."
In what is seen as a major blow to corporate interests, over 84 percent of voters rejected privatization by voting "Ja" to retain public democratic control.
BERLIN - Americans wonder who will be president next January; Germans are still uncertain who will live in Berlin's presidential mansion this February.
Picking one's way through the financial gobbledygook, two key words emerged: "Austerity" was one, "discipline" the other.
The Left dropped to about half its 12 percent high; it was weakened or defeated in seven elections in 2011.
The Left Party has come out against Saturday's police eviction of demonstrators occupying the Reichstag lawn.
An unusual new party, the Pirates, won seats in Berlin's parliament on Sunday, while right, left and Greens are in turmoil.
Hundreds of right-wing neo-Nazis and fascists got a big surprise when they went home and washed their new T-shirts from a German right-wing music festival: a message of hope and tolerance.
Media reports left two aspects unmentioned. The tank manufacturers profiting most from the deal, Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann and Rheinmetall, have always been generous in political donations. The other aspect is historical.
Heated debate that had been tearing at Germany's Left Party seems to have abated after June 28, when its Bundestag members modified a controversial position on Israel.