Germany: the Greens are open to a coalition with the CDU

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Publication Date 25/01/2017
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In the election to choose the party leaders in January 2017 ahead of the election campaign for the Bundestag in autumn, the Green Party opted for Katrin Göring-Eckardt, the co-chair of the Green Party faction in the Bundestag, and Cem Özdemir, the co-chair of the party. Participation in the vote reached 59%, which is slightly less than in 2016. Göring-Eckardt received 70.6% of the vote and Özdemir 36%.

Göring-Eckardt, who was the only woman standing in the preliminary election to have a nomination secured, will lead the Green Party in the election campaign for the second time. She has a good relationship with CDU politicians and rarely argues with them about their views. Özdemir is branded as a conservative and criticised for his opinions by certain of his fellow party members who believe his views on the integration of foreigners and security policy are characteristic of the CDU.

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