"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.
It could be the end of an era - France wants to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. Swedish car maker Volvo says it'll phase out conventional combustion engines and focus on electric cars beginning in 2019. In Germany, a heated debate is raging on about potentially banning diesel cars in inner cities. But the car industry maintains such bans are useless.