Why is the Green party suddenly flying high in Germany?
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Why is the Green party suddenly flying high in Germany?

Last year the Green Party suffered the humiliation of being ejected from the Saarland state parliament before limping in last in the national election. 12 months later they scored a stunning success in the Bavarian state election, a feat they are set to repeat on Sunday in Hesse. What explains this remarkable turnaround?

Greens will replace SPD long term, says pollster

Greens will replace SPD long term, says pollster

Nearly two thirds of voters think Seehofer ‘intolerable’

Nearly two thirds of voters think Seehofer ‘intolerable’

Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

Far-right AfD loses support for first time in months

Far-right AfD loses support for first time in months

Two-thirds of Germans want Merkel out at next election

Two-thirds of Germans want Merkel out at next election

Eurosceptics could enter parliament – poll

Eurosceptics could enter parliament – poll

Half of Germans have ‘never pulled a sicky’

Half of Germans have ‘never pulled a sicky’

German men ‘lust after female earners’

German men ‘lust after female earners’

Germans: money worries the best contraceptive

Germans: money worries the best contraceptive

Germans not fussed by TV on smartphones

Germans not fussed by TV on smartphones

Germany tops world popularity poll

Germany tops world popularity poll

Germans cling to Europe as others sour on EU

Germans cling to Europe as others sour on EU

Restored monarchy gains young Germans’ support

Restored monarchy gains young Germans’ support

Anti-euro party polls at three percent

Anti-euro party polls at three percent

Germans learn to love euro and let go of D-Mark

Germans learn to love euro and let go of D-Mark

Merkel still number one in voters’ hearts

Merkel still number one in voters’ hearts

Lower Saxony win boosts SPD and Greens

Lower Saxony win boosts SPD and Greens

TV better than sex for German women

TV better than sex for German women

One in nine German children ‘missing basics’

One in nine German children ‘missing basics’

Pirates take wind out of Greens’ sails

Pirates take wind out of Greens’ sails

Germans don’t trust Greece to tighten belt

Germans don’t trust Greece to tighten belt

Merkel helps boost conservatives’ popularity

Merkel helps boost conservatives’ popularity

Liberal party support ‘too small for statistics’

Liberal party support ‘too small for statistics’

Popularity for FDP plummets further

Popularity for FDP plummets further

Germans want neo-Nazi NPD party banned

Germans want neo-Nazi NPD party banned

Most Germans unhappy with squabbling government coalition

Most Germans unhappy with squabbling government coalition

Only half of Germans want tax cuts

Only half of Germans want tax cuts

Trust in politicians plummets to new low

Trust in politicians plummets to new low

Greens gain support even after Merkel’s nuclear exit

Greens gain support even after Merkel’s nuclear exit

Greens gaining on Merkel’s conservatives

Greens gaining on Merkel’s conservatives

Fun named Germans’ main motivator for sex

Fun named Germans’ main motivator for sex

Boring Steinmeier charms his way back into Germany’s heart

Boring Steinmeier charms his way back into Germany’s heart

Greens flying high with record voter approval

Greens flying high with record voter approval

Conservatives lose ground after nuclear energy reversal

Conservatives lose ground after nuclear energy reversal

Greens jump in the polls

Greens jump in the polls

Poll points to possible left-wing coalition in Saxony-Anhalt

Poll points to possible left-wing coalition in Saxony-Anhalt

SPD flying high after Guttenberg scandal and Hamburg victory

SPD flying high after Guttenberg scandal and Hamburg victory

Merkel’s coalition closes poll gap with opposition

Merkel’s coalition closes poll gap with opposition

Westerwelle and the FDP: Unloved yet irreplaceable

Westerwelle and the FDP: Unloved yet irreplaceable

Most Germans unruffled by terrorism alerts

Most Germans unruffled by terrorism alerts

Surging Afghan dislike of Bundeswehr troops

Surging Afghan dislike of Bundeswehr troops

Westerwelle under pressure to resign

Westerwelle under pressure to resign

Xenophobia takes root in German mainstream

Xenophobia takes root in German mainstream

Poll shows Merkel’s coalition at all-time low

Poll shows Merkel’s coalition at all-time low

Greens overtake SPD as strongest opposition

Greens overtake SPD as strongest opposition

Greens hit major league with record support

Greens hit major league with record support

Most Germans reluctant to donate to Pakistan

Most Germans reluctant to donate to Pakistan

CSU demands rightward shift to lift government

CSU demands rightward shift to lift government

Half of Germans want the Deutsche mark back

Half of Germans want the Deutsche mark back

Beleaguered FDP vows to stay the course

Beleaguered FDP vows to stay the course

SPD grassroots condemn party leadership

SPD grassroots condemn party leadership

Free Democrats plumb new poll depths

Free Democrats plumb new poll depths

Germans like their jobs, bosses

Germans like their jobs, bosses

Catholics ready for Church exodus, poll finds

Catholics ready for Church exodus, poll finds

Insurance agent tops list of unpopular jobs

Insurance agent tops list of unpopular jobs

Boisterous Westerwelle still shedding popularity

Boisterous Westerwelle still shedding popularity

Coalition loses majority support from public

Coalition loses majority support from public

Afghan opinion of Germany worsens

Afghan opinion of Germany worsens

Unemployment dips but economists warn of coming pain

Unemployment dips but economists warn of coming pain

Half of Germans back compulsory vote amid falling turnout

Half of Germans back compulsory vote amid falling turnout

German voters growing more sceptical of campaign promises

German voters growing more sceptical of campaign promises

Germans love Volkswagen best

Germans love Volkswagen best

Obama restores confidence in America

Obama restores confidence in America

Germans cringe at countrymen’s tacky vacation conduct

Germans cringe at countrymen’s tacky vacation conduct

Majority of Germans support stricter gun control

Majority of Germans support stricter gun control

Far-left overtakes SPD in west German state

Far-left overtakes SPD in west German state

Germans fear new Cold War

Germans fear new Cold War

Patriotic Germans flying the flag for football

Patriotic Germans flying the flag for football

Germany’s Köhler calls for stronger ties with Israel

Germany’s Köhler calls for stronger ties with Israel

Merkel party slumps in polls as dispute on refugees threatens split

Merkel party slumps in polls as dispute on refugees threatens split

Voters set to punish Merkel at key ‘Super Sunday’ election

Voters set to punish Merkel at key ‘Super Sunday’ election

Merkel disappoints elites, but not average Germans

Merkel disappoints elites, but not average Germans

Guttenberg affair hits Merkel’s conservatives

Guttenberg affair hits Merkel’s conservatives

Germans consider Merkel’s conservatives too conservative

Germans consider Merkel’s conservatives too conservative

Merkel’s conservatives slip behind Social Democrats for the first time

Merkel’s conservatives slip behind Social Democrats for the first time

SPD and Greens have majority, poll finds

SPD and Greens have majority, poll finds

Merkel’s coalition plagued by dismal polls

Merkel’s coalition plagued by dismal polls

Merkel’s conservatives still haven’t hit rock bottom

Merkel’s conservatives still haven’t hit rock bottom

Merkel’s coalition hits all-time low in poll

Merkel’s coalition hits all-time low in poll

One-fifth of Germans want Merkel to resign

One-fifth of Germans want Merkel to resign

Germans worry the most about unemployment, study shows

Germans worry the most about unemployment, study shows

New shock poll for Merkel’s coalition

New shock poll for Merkel’s coalition

Centre-right coalition partners reach 10-year voter approval low

Centre-right coalition partners reach 10-year voter approval low

Von der Leyen tops poll for favourite politician

Von der Leyen tops poll for favourite politician

American opinion of Germany improves

American opinion of Germany improves

Support for Merkel’s coalition flagging

Support for Merkel’s coalition flagging

FDP loses popular support in poll

FDP loses popular support in poll

Merkel rejects weak leadership criticism

Merkel rejects weak leadership criticism

Majority of Germans against Merkel’s tax cuts

Majority of Germans against Merkel’s tax cuts

Social Democrats sink to all-time low in poll

Social Democrats sink to all-time low in poll

Merkel chugs through Germany on whistle-stop tour

Merkel chugs through Germany on whistle-stop tour

The Left party surges in latest opinion poll

The Left party surges in latest opinion poll

Merkel ahead in polls as election battle heats up

Merkel ahead in polls as election battle heats up

SPD plunges to worst poll rating this year

SPD plunges to worst poll rating this year

Majority of Germans think Merkel will win re-election

Majority of Germans think Merkel will win re-election

Most Germans want grand coalition to end

Most Germans want grand coalition to end

Merkel pips Dalai Lama for world popularity and power

Merkel pips Dalai Lama for world popularity and power

Chancellor candidate Steinmeier falling behind Merkel

Chancellor candidate Steinmeier falling behind Merkel