"Bündnis 90/Die Grünen," Germany's environmentalist Green party, was founded in West Germany in 1980 with a strictly environmentalist and pacifist platform. It has changed a lot since then.
In broad strokes, the Green Party has a voter base of urban, well-educated, high-income earners. It abandoned its strict pacifist stance when it was junior coalition partner in an SPD-led government: In 1999, Green Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got the party to back Germany's participation in the NATO bombing of Kosovo. The Greens pushed through a nuclear power phase-out and enacted laws easing immigration and same-sex civil partnerships. All DW content on the party and its leaders is collated on this page.
After Chancellor Angela Merkel's failed attempts to secure a majority in federal elections last year and to form a governing alliance with the Greens and Free Democratic Party, she has hashed out a new deal with the Social Democrats. For many, the bridge they are proposing is too wobbly to hold the weight of a nation. As Tamsin Walker explains, there's something to be said for building solid.
Cem Özdemir led the party as co-chair for more than nine years and was the top candidate in the 2017 election. Delegates at the party convention in Hanover are set to elect fresh faces on Saturday.
Intellectuals who have fled Turkey to Germany are said to be under threat. Cem Özdemir, co-leader of the Green Party, thinks security could be improved and finds it unacceptable that parallel societies exist in Germany.
Germany is facing an unprecedented political scenario. Two months after elections, coalition talks have collapsed between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, its Bavarian sister party the CSU, the Greens and the FDP. It’s a major setback for Merkel. Germany could now be facing months of political limbo. Our Berlin correspondent, Jefferson Chase, explains why the coalition talks broke down.