HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) – Germany’s Greens have gone grey. The world’s most successful pro-environment party has turned deadly serious about gaining power by stealing votes from Chancellor Angela Merkel – and perhaps by joining her.
The muesli, woolly sweaters, thick beards and endless debates about abstract issues that were once part of any Greens congress are largely gone. In their place is a more mature party of smartly dressed professionals with one clear aim: getting back into government after federal elections next year.
HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) – Germany’s Greens party re-elected its two party leaders on Saturday with overwhelming majorities that put to rest speculation of a schism between its centrist and left wings ahead of next year’s election.
Claudia Roth, a left-winger defeated a week ago in her bid to become one of two lead candidates in 2013, was elected to another two years as party co-chair with 88.5 percent backing.
HANOVER, Germany, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Germany’s Greens do not
want to form a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
conservatives after elections next year, but hope to poach their
voters, the party’s co-chairman said on Friday.
There has been growing speculation that the party, which
began as a peacenik ecological movement on the far left, may be
heading for the unthinkable – a partnership with Merkel’s
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) that would keep her in power.
BERLIN, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Once a fringe left-wing movement
born in the heat of 1970s radicalism, Germany’s Greens party may
be heading for the unthinkable – a partnership with the
conservatives that would keep Angela Merkel in power.
Greens leaders deny any interest in forming a coalition with
the Christian Democrats, but voting patterns and shared views on
a surprising number of key policies may push both sides to break
a taboo and form a ruling coalition after elections next year.
BERLIN, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Germany’s army is wasting
millions of euros of taxpayers’ money producing its own
sunscreen, cough drops and lip balm rather than buying them off
the shelf, auditors said on Tuesday.
Compounding the problem, about 90 percent of some the
military’s own personal care products end up being thrown away,
said the report by the German Federal Court of Auditors.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck has fallen far behind Angela Merkel in his campaign for 2013 elections, losing poll support with his abrasive style and a row over his lucrative speaking engagements.
Steinbrueck spent much of his first month as candidate for the Social Democrats (SPD) defending himself for earning 1.25 million euros moonlighting as an after-dinner speaker in three years – more than many SPD voters earn in a lifetime.
BERLIN, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Liechstenstein’s banks are coping
with a clampdown on tax evasion thanks to cost cutting and a
drive to attract new funds, reducing the likelihood of merger
deals, the head of tiny Alpine principality’s banking
Liechtenstein was removed from a global black list of
uncooperative tax havens in 2009 when it agreed to help hunt
foreign tax dodgers after data leaked the year before revealed
hundreds of wealthy Germans had hidden assets in its banks.
BERLIN, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
designated challenger in next year’s federal election angrily
rejected accusations on Tuesday that he sold out to bankers with
lucrative speaking engagements and neglected his duties as a
member of parliament by moonlighting.
Former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck, who will lead the
centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) into the 2013 election, told
a national TV audience he had earned 1.25 million euros for 89
speeches since 2009 but said he donated some money to charity.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Pirates, a party that came from nowhere to be a major political force, are suffering a dramatic reversal of fortune that could harm Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2013 re-election chances.
After surging ahead of the Free Democrats (FDP), Left Party and Greens to become Germany’s third strongest party, polling 13 percent in April, the Pirates have fallen back to 4 percent.
BERLIN, Oct 28 (Reuters) – With the U.S. presidential
election too close to call, hundreds of thousands of Americans
living in Europe have been posting their absentee ballots with a
sense that they could truly make a difference on Nov. 6.
From Berlin to Paris and London to Madrid, they have closely
tracked the battle between Democrat President Barack Obama and
Republican challenger Mitt Romney, though the emotional
temperature is several degrees lower than four years ago, when
most expats rallied behind Obama after two terms of George W.
Bush, whom many thought had tarnished the U.S. image abroad.