In an article at Spiegel Online, the Greens in Saarland will play a pivotal role after recent “Super Sunday” elections.
The Left Party came in first, winning 21.3% of the vote. Their preferred coalition partner is the Social Democrats. Apparently these two parties do not have enough in the legislature to form a government without bringing in another smaller party.
The same seems to be true of the parties on the conservative side of the aisle. Even if they all come together to try to form a coalition, they will need more to succeed.
That “more” is the Green Party. The article, if I understand it correctly, says that whichever government is formed will owe it’s existence to the Greens joining the coalition.
Please read the article yourself, and if I have gotten it wrong, let me know. It does sound like an exciting turn of events in the Green’s favor.