• Germany edition
 
Main parties start tug-of-war for Greens
Photo: DPA

Main parties start tug-of-war for Greens

Published: 12 Nov 2012 12:48 GMT+01:00
Updated: 12 Nov 2012 12:48 GMT+01:00

The tug-of-war over the Greens was sparked by the weekend appointment of Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Jürgen Trittin as the party's election candidates.

The party elected two campaign leaders, and while Trittin was to be expected, the choice of Göring-Eckardt was a surprise, particularly as she was chosen by the party over leader Claudia Roth and parliamentary party leader Renate Künast.

The appointment was greeted by Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), prompting Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel to call for the Greens to be clear that they were working towards a coalition between their two parties to force Merkel out of office.

The SPD has already stated it aims to form a government with the Greens - and is not interested in joining the CDU in a grand coalition after September 2013's parliamentary election.

"Voters want clarity and not a double game," Gabriel told the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday.

He said both parties needed to get all their voters into the polling booths. "We will not poach each other's voters. We both must mobilise our own members, then we can get a majority," he said.

The worry within the SPD, the paper suggested, was that the Greens could alienate their own supporters by keeping open the possibility of working with the CDU, and perform badly, leaving the SPD without a credible coalition partner. This happened in last year's Berlin state election where the SPD now rule with the CDU in a grand coalition.

The choice of Göring-Eckardt as half of the leadership duo prompted Priska Hinz, Green MP from Hesse and part of the pragmatic wing of the party, to call for a "strictly independent election campaign - at the end of the day we are not an appendage of another party."

It was obvious, said Hinz, that it was "important to the members that we can also push further into the middle-classes, therefore they decided for Katrin Göring-Eckardt."

The Greens have also recently distanced themselves from the SPD following a scandal over party leader Peer Steinbrück's highly paid speeches.

Merkel's CDU might be open to forming a coalition with the Greens as their preferred partner, seeing as the the Free Democrats (FDP) seem set to be wiped off the electoral map in the coming election.

Roth, considered a crucial member of the Green leadership, admitted being deeply wounded by her poor performance, calling it a bitter defeat.

"The election was a success. It showed what internal party democracy is all about, because we have a clear verdict, because it was a really good election," she said in a press conference on Monday.

She had worked to introduce the vote which gave all the party's members a say in who would lead the general election campaign

There was concern that Roth may have been so disappointed that she would not stand for re-election to the party leadership, but she said she would do so - the internal party vote on that is next weekend.

The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

16:22 November 12, 2012 by lucksi
I too would like to know which party allies with which. They may say now that a grand coalition is not on the table and that the greens ally with the SPD. But they are all power hungry liars, so everythign they say before the election is moot anyway.
16:29 November 12, 2012 by McM
As an outsider and observer only I can only say how bizzare the German Green party present themselves. This little internal shake up seems well overdue if they are going to leave behind their 'against everything' and 'for nothing' popularist image before the next election. It costs nothing to feel good about oneself by proclaiming micro economic policies and a fascination with tree hugging but I suspect German voters may need more than this kinf of leadership circus if they are going to avoid the pointy end of the current economic situation still prevailing in the Euro zone.
12:42 November 13, 2012 by StoutViking
The Green had long gone rotten and turned brown. Why isn't thelocal reporting on how the Greens had announced cooperation with the terror group FATAH? How the fat lady proclaimed they share "common values"... What are these values? Anti-semitism and freeloading?
Today's headlines
German hospitals ready for Ebola patients
Hamburg's UKE isolation ward is ready to take patients. Photo: DPA

German hospitals ready for Ebola patients

Germany's high-tech isolation wards remained on alert on Friday, ready to receive Ebola patients should they be required to. German airports seemed less prepared for the potential dangers of the viral epidemic, however. READ  

Two die in Bremen plane crash
The fire caused by the crash. Photo: DPA

Two die in Bremen plane crash

UPDATE: Two men died on Friday afternoon when a plane crashed in Bremen, causing a fire and a series of explosions in a warehouse near the city's airport. READ  

Merkel's party mutinies over tax cuts
Merkel in Münster last year at a meeting of her party's workers' wing. Photo: DPA

Merkel's party mutinies over tax cuts

Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a rebellion from within her own party on Friday after an unlikely coalition formed in favour of tax cuts for workers on lower incomes. READ  

Expat Dispatches
'Look at those German shanty towns!'
Kleingärten in Leipzig. Photo: DPA

'Look at those German shanty towns!'

Visitors to Germany can sometimes be confused by the country's love of allotments in cities, known as a Kleingarten. Teacher and blogger Kathleen Ralf tells us what it's all about. READ  

Lightning rods further delay Berlin Airport
Closed until further notice: Berlin's troubled new airport. Photo: DPA

Lightning rods further delay Berlin Airport

Too few lightning rods and an undersized emergency generator have prevented part of Berlin's new airport from opening. Safety inspectors refused to sign off on the airport's north pier, thwarting progress on the massively delayed construction project. READ  

Two thirds of Berlin's tourist flats now illegal
Photo: DPA

Two thirds of Berlin's tourist flats now illegal

Two thirds of Berlin's 12,000 tourist apartments advertised on sites such as Airbnb were being run illegally from Friday following a law change, leaving hosts open to potential punishment. READ  

Lost goat halts Munich Airport trains
Fritzi underneath the train. Photo: Freiwillige Feuerwehr Unterschließheim/DPA

Lost goat halts Munich Airport trains

A lost pet goat called Fritzi halted trains to Munich Airport and had to be rescued from the tracks after suffering a concussion. READ  

Germany crowned U19 European Champions
Photo: EPA/Tibor Illyes HUNGARY OUT

Germany crowned U19 European Champions

Germany’s U19 football team added to a glorious summer of sport for the country by winning the European Championships in Budapest on Thursday night. READ  

World War I anniversary
100 years ago, Germans celebrated war's outbreak
August 1914. German soldiers march off to war in France. Photo: DPA

100 years ago, Germans celebrated war's outbreak

A hundred years ago on Friday Germany declared war on Russia and was preparing for an attack on France in the hope that Britain would stay neutral. Four years on, famine was ravaging the country and two million soldiers had been killed on the battlefield. READ  

Environment Agency urges fast fracking ban
Photo: DPA

Environment Agency urges fast fracking ban

Germany's Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is encouraging lawmakers to hurry up and ban fracking in all but name, saying the process is too dangerous to even consider allowing. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Society
Meet the man allowed to grow his own cannabis
Photo: DPA
Society
Your lottery numbers are 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13...
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Five reasons to visit Oktoberfest (and five not to)
Photo: DPA
Society
Huge Bavarian crop circle puzzles crowds
Photo: DPA
Analysis & Opinion
Have Your Say: Should Germany legalize cannabis?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Hamburg harbour lit up in blue
Business & Money
JobTalk: 'Application process is failing'
Photo: DPA
Society
This man wants to give all of us €12,000 a year
Photo: DPA
Education
Top university switches master's courses to English
Travel
Plans unveiled for bike trail along former Iron Curtain
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Education
Raising the bar for law & business in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual school turning education on its head
Sponsored Article
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,290
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd