German Greens likely to be in coalition government with Social Democrats in largest state

In an article posted at Deutsche Welle, the website announces that the Social Democrats secured 39.1% of the most recent vote, while the Greens won 11.3%. The Christian Democratic Union, the party which leads the national government in coalition with the Free Democrats, wound up with 26.3%, while their partners brought in 8.6%. The recently founded Pirate Party won an impressive 6.2%, while the Left Party lost it’s seats in the state legislature after winning just over 2.5% of the total.

The same website points out that the SDP and Greens are already governing as a coalition, with two women heading up the government, one from each party, Social Democratic premier Hannelore Kraft and the Green Party’s Sylvia Löhrmann.

Aaron Weiner at the LA Times reports much the same, but adds that the CDU candidate for Governor, Norbert Roettgen, has been seen as a likely candidate for Chancellor some day. As the results became clear, Roettgen resigned his position as local party leader, potentially weakening his future political prospects.

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  1. It should be noted that this was in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state. Way to go German Greens!

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