Germany’s Green Party Tries to Go Mainstream Without Alienating Its Base

Germany’s Green Party Tries to Go Mainstream Without Alienating Its Base
Stuttgart residents gathered in late February for the 454th weekly protest against a plan to overhaul the city’s central train station (Photo by Andrew Green).

Germany’s Green party had a weak showing in federal elections in 2017, causing analysts to largely write it off as a political force. But the past two years have seen an abrupt turnaround in the party’s fortunes. Buoyed by widespread concern about the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD, as well as broader upheaval that has undermined the traditional mainstream parties, the Greens are now in the No. 2 position in national polls, and they are expected to perform well in the European Parliament elections in May.

As journalist Andrew Green writes in this week’s in-depth report, the Greens’ success has prompted new scrutiny of the party’s performance in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, where it currently heads a coalition government. For this week’s Report episode of the podcast, Andrew talks with Robbie Corey-Boulet about the history and evolution of the party, and explains why some critics accuse its leaders of compromising on their values.

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