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Goodbye Greens?

Joschka Fischer has marched the Green party through Germany's political institutions. What will he do next?

By Steve Crawshaw   January 2002

Is the long march through the institutions finally over for the German Green party? The death of the Greens has been forecast many times since the party’s birth in 1980, not least when it failed to win enough votes in 1990 to get into the Bundestag. Judging by opinion polls, it may again fail to reach the 5 per cent mark in federal elections next September. In any case, Chancellor Schr?der has suggested that the Social Democrats, who have ruled Germany in coalition with the Greens since 1998, may seek a more congenial junior partner.

But behind the Greens’ parochial…

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