As three German states held regional elections, the Green party suffered big losses in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt, but got its best result ever in Baden-Württemberg. DW’s Naomi Conrad asked party co-leader Cem Özdemir for an assessment.
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.
Cem Özdemir, a vocal critic of the Turkish government, was given a police bodyguard after meeting Ankara's delegation to the MSC, a media report says. He said the delegates showed that "they were not pleased" to see him.
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.
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.
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