The national election on sunday, September 27th 2009 was historic: The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) suffered their worst defeat since 1932, even 6% below their 1953 post-WW2 all time low. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) got their worst result since 1949, yet they have a reason for celebrating, because they are strongest party and now can form a coalition with the libertarian FDP, which has scored the strongest result in its history. The other two small parties, socialist Left Party and environmentalist Green Party, are stronger than ever as well. link The result for the respective parties (compared to 2005): Christian Democrats -- CDU/CSU -- conservative: 33.8% (-1.4%) Social Democrats -- SPD -- center-left: 23.0% (-11.2%) Free Democrats -- FDP -- libertarians: 14.6% (+4.8%) Left Party -- Linke -- socialist: 11.9% (+3.2%) Green Party -- Grüne -- liberal-environmentalist: 10.7% (+2.6%) all other parties below 5% (no representation in the parliament), among them: Pirate Party -- Piraten -- for internet-freedom: 2.0% (-) National Democrats -- NPD -- neo-Nazis: 1.5% (-0.1%) (all others below 1.0%) Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) now has a mandate to stay Chancellor for another 4 years. But she will replace her junior coalition partner, the humiliated center-left SPD, by the libertarian Free Democrats (FDP) who are strong as never before (on the picture: FDP chairman and likely future Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle). Angela Merkel (CDU) announced she wants to continue as "a Chancellor for all Germans". SPD candidate for Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Steinmeier and SPD chairman Müntefering admitted defeat. Steinmeier announced he wants to continue to serve his party as opposition floor leader in the parliament during the next 4 years. The fate of the SPD is uncertain. After having suffered the worst defeat since 1932, a fight between the different wings of the party is expected to emerge, and it is uncertain whether Steinmeier and especially Müntefering will be able to continue on top of the party. Especially Müntefering is expected to be replaced as chairman on the next party convention in November.