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.
There are now 1,733 people in Germany affected by a dangerous e. coli outbreak, affecting both the economy and workers across Europe.
Today in Bremen, most shipyards are a thing of the past and it is struggling to climb out of its heavy debt as a container port.
Elections in an East German state were largely overshadowed by the news from Japan and, far more, from Libya.
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