Bremen state election, 2007
State elections were held in Bremen
Bremen (state)
The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen is the smallest of Germany's 16 states. A more informal name, but used in some official contexts, is Land Bremen .-Geography:...

 on 13 May 2007 to elect the Bürgerschaft
Bürgerschaft of Bremen
The Bremische Bürgerschaft is the state diet of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. It currently consists of 83 members from five parties. The current majority is a coalition of the Social Democratic Party and the Alliance '90/The Greens, supporting Mayor and Senate president Jens Böhrnsen...

(city and state legislature).

After the elections, Jens Böhrnsen
Jens Böhrnsen
Jens Böhrnsen is a German politician of the SPD. Since 2005, he has served as the President of the Senate and Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, that is, the head of government of the city-state of Bremen...

, the SPD prime minister, was able to pick his future coalition partner. He could either continue the grand coalition with the CDU (since 1995) or form a red-green coalition (SPD and Greens). Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) was said to be annoyed that Böhrnsen hadn't opted for either a grand coalition or a red-green coalition before the election; she claimed that he "had to say how it should go on" with Bremen. This election is thought to be a landmark for The Left Party.PDS since it is their first success on state level in the former West
West Germany
West Germany is the common English, but not official, name for the Federal Republic of Germany or FRG in the period between its creation in May 1949 to German reunification on 3 October 1990....

. Negotiations on a red-green government began after the elections and were successfully concluded on 16 June 2007, resulting in the first red-green state government since the red-green coalition ended on the federal level.


Party Votes % +/– Seats +/– %
Social Democratic Party
Social Democratic Party of Germany
The Social Democratic Party of Germany is a social-democratic political party in Germany...

36.8% –5,5 33 –7 39.8%
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 25.7% –4,1 23 –6 27.7%
Alliance '90/The Greens
Alliance '90/The Greens
Alliance '90/The Greens is a green political party in Germany, formed from the merger of the German Green Party and Alliance 90 in 1993. Its leaders are Claudia Roth and Cem Özdemir...

16.4% +3,6 14 +2 16.9%
The Left Party.PDS 8.4% +6,7 7 +7 8.4%
Free Democratic Party
Free Democratic Party (Germany)
The Free Democratic Party , abbreviated to FDP, is a centre-right classical liberal political party in Germany. It is led by Philipp Rösler and currently serves as the junior coalition partner to the Union in the German federal government...

6.0% +1,8 5 +4 6.0%
German People's Union
German People's Union
The German People's Union is a nationalist political party in Germany. It was founded by publisher Gerhard Frey as an informal association in 1971 and established as a party in 1987. Financially, it is largely dependent on Frey....

2.7% +0,4 1 ±0 1.2%
Others 4.0% +1,4 0 ±0 0.0%
Totals 100.0% 83 100.0%
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