The Green Party's leading candidate, Jürgen Trittin, talks to DW about choosing a coalition partner, taxing the rich, and eating your vegetables.
The Bavarian CSU has suffered a historic drubbing in state elections. The result will have consequences at a national level as well, says DW's Rosalia Romaniec.
While Merkel's coalition dives in the polls, the Greens have been riding a wave of support. Decades after their rebellious arrival on Germany's political scene, the party is poised to become part of a new establishment.
In a further erosion of Germany's political mainstream, the Bavarian conservative party, the CSU, has lost its absolute majority. Meanwhile the Greens have become the second-largest political force in southern Germany.
Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners, the SPD, are in an even bleaker mood in Bavaria than her own conservative party. The coalition government's internal feuding in Berlin has clearly damaged the Social Democrats.
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