Green Party to draw “lines in the sand” before September elections

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A potential coalition with the Greens would only be possible under certain conditions – such as accepting gay marriage and ruling out a cap for refugee numbers in Germany, announced Green Party top candidate Katrin Göring-Eckardt on the recent party conference.

Along with the Greens’ other top candidate Cem Özdemir, Göring-Eckardt fiercely attacked Chancellor Merkel of the Christian Democrats (CDU), who will run for her fourth term in office, as well as Martin Schulz, the candidate of the Social Democrats (SPD).

Emphasising the Greens traditional “core business”, a strong focus was laid on climate politics. “As opposed to the claims of our political opponents, climate change is no minor issue, but the key challenge of any German government”, insisted Green party heavy weights such as Winfried Kretschmann, prime minister of the south-western state of Baden-Württemberg,

In alignment with the party conference rhetoric, The Green Party election manifesto promises the immediate closure of the 20 most polluting coal plants, and the end of coal energy in Germany by 2030. What’s more, new cars with combustion engines shall be banned from registry on German streets as soon as 2030 – a decision Özdmir described as “real, radical, and responsible”.

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