"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. In the general election of 2013, the Greens won 63 seats out of 631 in the Bundestag, making them the fourth-most powerful party in the country, and the second-most powerful in opposition, behind the Left party. Recent DW content on the party and its leaders is collated on this page.
Austrian voters could be heading to the polls again on October 2 for a rerun of the presidential election. The initial vote, narrowly won by the Green candidate in May, was annulled over irregularities in vote counting.
Party officials in the German state of Baden-Württemberg have debuted Germany's first Green-led coalition with the CDU. The two unlikely partners have agreed on future plans for digitization and renewable energy.
In what is seen as a seismic change for Germany's political system, the conservative CDU has agreed to play minor coalition partner to the environmentalist Greens. DW traces the evolution of an unlikely relationship.