Germany’s First Green State Governor
Slowly but surely, Green politicians are making their way into power. I remember back in 1998 when Joschka Fischer became the first Green minister in the German federal government after his party joined forces with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in a coalition government.
Now, the Greens in Germany have made a huge stride forward with a win in the state elections in Baden-Württemberg. According to an article in Der Spiegel, “the Greens doubled their share of the vote to 24.2 percent.” While the Christian Democratic Union (the conservative party) had the highest proportion of votes (39%), the Green Party was able to band together with the SPD (which had 23.1% of the vote), to form the government. This gives Germany its first ever Green state governor.
Winifried Kretschmann, a 62-year-old Catholic married father of three children, is set to become Germany’s first Green state governor. According to an article in Deutsche Welle, he claims that his interest in being involved with the Green party came from his love of nature.
Some say the Green’s success in this election was a direct result of heightened concerns about the safety of nuclear power following the earthquake in Japan. Others, however, say that the Green Party’s success in this election is the result of an ongoing shift in the political landscape in Germany that has directly benefitted the Greens.
Can this green trend catch on in other countries too?
Annie blogs about the art and science of parenting at the PhD in Parenting blog.
Photo credit: GRÜNE Baden-Württemberg on flickr