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Greens enter government in Germany’s largest state

The Trumpet reports from Germany:

After weeks of inconclusive coalition negotiations, Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Green Party have agreed to establish a minority government in North Rhine-Westphalia, the country’s largest and richest state. The June 17 decision takes its place on a growing heap of bad news for Chancellor Angela Merkel, as the move means her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) no longer holds the majority in Germany’s upper legislative chamber.

The Green Party earned 12.4% of the vote in the May elections, almost double their previous showing.

Dave Schwab

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the post.

    I would have headlined…Green Party prepares to form governing coaltion in Germany’s largest state..

    The Greens and SPD will meet tomorrow to beging writing the coalition contract. This is exciting because it will be a minority government.

    In NRW you need 91 total seats to have a governing majority. Greens and SPD have 90. So they will need a vote from the conservatives, the FDP, or Linke to pass most legislation.

    A simple majority of 90 should be enough to elect the Green Party state cabinet aka senators, and new Governor, or Minister President as Germans call the office.

    This is very exciting to watch.

    Here are all the TV news related videos
    http://wahl.zdf.de/ZDFheute/inhalt/15/0,3672,8045615,00.html?dr=1

    And also here’s video about the Green Party’s nominee for President..Gauck
    http://www.heute.de/ZDFheute/inhalt/20/0,3672,20,00.html?dr=1

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