Regional elections in Lower Saxony see Social Democrats and Greens narrowly oust Conservative and Free Democrat coaliton. FDP vote was surprisingly strong.
Residents of Hamburg have voted to remain a left-wing stronghold. In spite of a clear victory for the Social Democrats, the euroskeptic Alternative for Germany has also won its first parliamentary seats in the west.
Voters in Hamburg have given the Social Democrats a mandate to govern the city-state for another four years. This time, though, they will need a coalition partner - most likely the Greens.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has slammed her center-left coalition partners for making a regional deal with the Left party. Contrastingly, she praised the achievements of her previous alliance with the Free Democrats.
The center-right Christian Democrats have won the election in Saxony, but will need a partner to form a government. They have ruled out a coalition with the euroskeptic Alternative for Germany.
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