"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.
Polls say Germany’s Greens have ousted Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian democrats as the country’s most popular party. Could Germany’s next chancellor even be a Green? Our guests: Wolfgang Merkel (Political scientist), Ursula Weidenfeld (Freelance journalist), Maximiliane Koschyk (DW).
The Bristol Pound, launched back in 2012, has become the UK's largest local currency. It was thought up by members of the local Green Party, worried about the proliferation of chain stores in their city. The idea was to promote community life and small, independent, green businesses. So how does it work and how efficient is it?
Angela Merkel's government is in crisis, set off by the governing parties' poor showing at the European elections and the resignation of SPD Leader Andrea Nahles. How long can the grand coalition in Germany stay together? Guests: Vanessa Vu (ZEIT ONLINE), Andreas Kluth (Journalist and author), Cordula Tutt (Wirtschaftswoche)
The European Parliament elections saw significant losses for the dominant conservative and center-left blocs, while the Greens, liberals and euroskeptic parties made gains. The European Parliament is set for a new balance of power. Keith Walker speaks with POLITICO Europe's Political Editor, Ryan Heath, who sums up the big results.