German Greens gain in Berlin state election
September 19, 2011 in International Greens
The German Green Party has gained support in another state election, this time in Berlin. From BBC News coverage:
The SPD – who have been in opposition nationally since 2009 – won around 29% of the vote, down from 30.8% in 2006. Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union gained just over 23%, up slightly from 21.3% in 2006, while the Greens won 18%, up from 13.1%. The Left party vote fell from 13.4% in 2006 to 11.5%. Meanwhile, the little-known Pirate Party, a libertarian party whose programme includes greater personal data protection and the legalising of cannabis, garnered more than 8% of the vote.
The Social Democrats already held control of the government of Berlin, but they are now expected to replace their current partners, the Left party, with the Greens.