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Germany’s Green earthquake

A Green-led government in Berlin will be a crucial test for the party. Can it avoid being co-opted by Germany’s conservative elite?

By Andrew Adonis  

Leader of Germany's Green Party Annalena Baerbock. Photo: REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

Germany might be in for a Green earthquake in this September’s election. It could be Europe’s first big post-Covid change of power—although less radical than it seems, since the Greens have long been a pillar of Germany’s political establishment and already rule parts of the country with Angela Merkel’s CDU conservative party, their most likely coalition partner in Berlin.

Part of the significance of a Green triumph would be who they are not. They are no longer an extreme populist party, as they were when Petra Kelly and her anti-nuclear eco-warriors erupted into German politics in the 1980s. A…

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