International Green Party news update

Spiegel Online reports on the growth of the Green Party in Germany at the expense of the Social Democrats. According to Spiegel, the Greens and Social Democrats are struggling for the “New Center” in German politics. In a quote that could apply to some US cities, Spiegel writes

In many major cities, it has already risen to become the second-biggest political party.

The article also covers the German Green Party’s efforts to connect with voters via their own Internet radio station.

In what may be the most telling quote, a German voter addresses the current financial problems, and the traditional party approach.

“There’s not so much money left, so it needs to be spent intelligently,” says Katharina Blumenstock, a gynecologist in Cologne. “The development of electric cars is more important to me than the Opel bailout. We need to invest in the future.” She says she trust the Greens most to find the right path out of the current financial and economic crisis.

Much more, from New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina, Belgium, Scotland, Palestine, and many more can be found by clicking this article’s headline.
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NZ Greens push for open WiFi and no more software patents

Posted on Green Ferret, there is relevance here for the Greens in the US. Democrats are notoriously weak on these issues, and Greens obviously benefit from online networking and information dissemination since the mainstream media has shut us out.

One of the political parties of New Zealand, namely the Green Party, is pushing for bold plans for New Zealand’s technological future. The policy would exclude software from the patent process and investigate the possibility of a free municipally owned wireless network. Can you digg it?
With the corporate media refusing to give Greens more than token amounts of airtime, the Green Party needs to take advantage of alternative ways to spread its message, especially the internet. By submitting stories to Digg about Green stances on technology and civil liberties, Greens can gain the support of the freedom-loving web users who helped light a fire under Howard Dean and Ron Paul’s campaigns.

Now that Barack Obama’s running mate is Joe Biden, who is notorious on the web for his efforts to crack down on internet freedom, Greens could make real headway by publicizing McKinney/Clemente’s platform on technology and civil liberties issues. Perhaps one of the writers at Green Party Watch could prepare a statement for the McKinney campaign…