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Künast seen as Greens' best hope for chancellor

The Local · 10 Apr 2011, 13:15

Published: 10 Apr 2011 13:15 GMT+02:00

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Fifteen percent of those surveyed by polling company Emnid for Focus magazine said Künast was the Green's best bet for chancellor, in the event the party puts forth its own candidate ahead of national elections in 2013.

The Greens have been riding a wave of popularity in recent months, with another survey released Wednesday for broadcaster RTL and news magazine Stern giving them record approval of 28 percent. The poll result is the best ever registered for the party.

Green politician Winfried Kretschmann is set to become the party's first state premier in history, leading a coalition with the Social Democrats in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Sunday's Emnid poll of more than 1,000 people showed 12 percent preferred Kretschmann, as well as Künast's parliamentary co-leader Jürgen Trittin. Party leaders Cem Özdemir and Claudia Roth received 11 and 10 percent of the survey vote, respectively.

More than 40 percent either did not respond or said none of the aforementioned Green party politicians were suited for the job of chancellor.

Künast announced in November that she was throwing her hat in the ring to run against Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit in 2011.

On Saturday, she was officially confirmed as the party's lead candidate for elections in the fall. During a meeting of Green party members in Berlin on Saturday, Künast received 91.3 percent of the votes to run.

Earlier, the Green parliamentary group leader attacked Berlin's red-red coalition government of centre-left Social Democrats and the socialist Left party. "We are sick of being governed by an uninspired, tired senate that ignores the problems," Künast said.

She said the Green Party was ready to address those challenges and find solutions.

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"We will reach the minds and hearts of Berliners with honestly, credibility and commitment to our values," Künast said.


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18:14 April 10, 2011 by Sam Green
Dont be fooled! Greens are communists under another name! A vote for Greens is a vote for Communism!
22:55 April 10, 2011 by trash head
> Greens are communists under another name!

Actualy the green partie is at odds with the Linke (i guess you accuse them as communists even if it bullsh!t)

And, if they would be communists, where would be a problem with a communistic partie? Could you explain me your worries abt communists?

Or is it just the idiotic sh!t coming from US?
03:16 April 11, 2011 by DrStrangelove
It's really all about fluoridation.
05:25 April 11, 2011 by neunElf
The Greens are enjoying their momentum, but once they start finally being held accountable for government things will change, very quickly!

It is merely the dearth of leadership in the nominal political center, that is currently boosting the popularity of the greens. Sort of like the euro vs US dollar, it's not that the Euro is any good, it's just that the dollar is sooooo bad!

Have fun Greenies, it won't last!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!
06:42 April 11, 2011 by Fatz Lewinski
>> It is merely the dearth of leadership in the nominal political center, that is currently boosting the popularity of the greens

As the dear lady say: We are sick of being governed by an uninspired, tired senate that ignores the problems.

What goes for Berln goes for the rest of the country regardless of which of the traditional parties holds power. There is no true direction coming from the centre and inspirational leadership is really not going to happen without a trigger. Politiicians are completely reacive and if the current Green popularity shakes them up, GREAT! Let's face it, it certainly works the bulk of the commentaries on this site!
10:19 April 11, 2011 by Angry Ami
@Sam Green, you're right on the money chief

@trash head, don't believe you've ever lived under communism, cuz if you had you'd know that you could never run your mouth on a forum like this, illegal in China, the DPRK, Cuba, etc., they'd throw your a** in prison, or worse, and what idiotic US sh!t are you referring to?

do you mean freedom of speech, or the right to protest, things that are "no no's" in commie lands, but actually you might want to move to the US one day since the Dems are trying to turn the US into a communist country, be a perfect fit for ya.
11:20 April 11, 2011 by trash head
@angry ami, due to the filter settings on this 'free forum' here:

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