According to a piece at Spiegel Online, Winfried Kretschmann of the Green Party will be the new governor of Baden-Württemberg in May.
In coalition with the “center-left” Social Democratic Party, Kretschmann will be the Green Party’s first state governor in Germany.
The election was held in March, but negotiations to set up a new government just now have concluded, placing the Green Party at the head of the state government. For full details, please do visit the Spiegel Online link above.
H/T to David Wynyard
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.
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