The German Social Democrats (SPD) were clearly the big losers in today's election. A number of their traditional supporters either went over to DIE LINKE - the Left Party - or simply stayed home. The turnout was surprisingly low in what was supposed to be a close election. After today, the SPD can barely be called a Volkspartei, so where does it go from here? The analysis and recriminations will begin tomorrow.
Die Zeit reports the hard truth for the party of Willy Brandt:
It was announced that Steinmeier will lead the SPD as opposition in the Bundestag. In Japan, politicians who bring shame on their party apologize publicly and resign - or commit hara-kiri.