Regional elections in Lower Saxony see Social Democrats and Greens narrowly oust Conservative and Free Democrat coaliton. FDP vote was surprisingly strong.
Jens Böhrnsen, the mayor of Bremen, has announced that he won't be returning to his job as the chief minister. His party, the Social Democrats, suffered severe losses in local elections on Sunday.
The Social Democrats, in power in Germany's smallest state for nearly 70 years, have eked out victory in Bremen's elections with Green support. The euroskeptic AfD also narrowly made it into a fifth regional parliament.
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.