The Pirate Party — which is committed to freeing up the internet — came up big, garnering 9% of the vote (!) and winning seats in government for the first time in the party’s history.
Merkel’s party came in second and their coalition partner failed to qualify for any seats in regional elections in Berlin.
The Green Party, while started in New Zealand, achieved its first major victories and worldwide notice in Germany before spreading to other countries. May history repeat itself with the Pirate Party!