German Green Party leader Cem Özdemir, who is of Turkish descent, received death threats and criticism for backing a resolution declaring the murder of Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks a genocide. Now the Bundestag is standing up for its own.
The lead candidate in the Greens’ election campaign could be Germany’s next foreign minister. He is not just a critic of Chancellor Merkel; the centrist is also often at odds with the left wing of his own party.
Chancellor Angela Merkel faces the historic task of forging a "Jamaica coalition" of conservatives, free marketeers and left-leaning environmentalists. DW looks at the parties' common ground and potential discords.
Green party candidate Cem Özdemir was highly critical of Turkey in a DW interview. He said that Germany must end its "naive policies" towards Ankara. And he was very clear in his attitude towards Russian sanctions.
"What’s the Turk doing up there?," a caller to the Green party complained when he saw Cem Özdemir in the Bundestag in 1994. Today 37 MPs and one in ten voters have a migrant background. Could they swing the election?
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