"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.
Entering election year, Germany's political discussion has been dominated by domestic security. The Greens' call for a controversial medical expense is proof of division, political scientist Heinrich Obberreuter told DW.
Austrians were at the polls last Sunday and were perhaps guaranteed to deliver a surprise whatever the result. The winner would either be the EU’s first far right head-of-state or first Green President. As it turns out it is the former Green party leader, Alexander Van der Bellen, who will take up post. Kerry Skyring reports from Vienna on an election watched in all European capitals.
Representatives from all parties have debated what possible actions the German government should take in defusing the crisis in Syria. All sides agree that more action is needed, albeit without agreeing on what.
Hillary Clinton's campaign has joined efforts for a recount of presidential ballots in Wisconsin. The recount began after the Green Party candidate ponied up millions in administrative costs to verify Donald Trump's win.