German Greens pick Göring-Eckardt and Özdemir to lead party in September election

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Özdemir’s election signals a potential Green coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

Germany’s Green Party announced Tuesday morning that Cem Özdemir and chairwoman Katrin Göring-Eckardt will lead the party into September’s parliamentary elections, 

Co-chair Cem Özdemir fought off parliamentary party chief Anton Hofreiter and Environment Minister and Deputy Premier of Schleswig-Holstein Robert Habeck. 

Green party regulations state that members always elects two candidates to lead it into the German parliamentary elections, at least one of whom must be female. That meant Göring-Eckardt’s nomination had already been de facto guaranteed.

While it will stand as an independent party in September’s election, Özdemir’s election indicates that the party could pursue a coalition with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. That coalition will likely form the main opposition group to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party in determining who will be elected German Chacellor. 

Ahead of the last German parliamentary elections in 2013, the Greens set their stall out for a coalition with the Social Democrats. That course, however, led the party to a disappointing 8.4 percent of the vote – comfortably over the five percent hurdle required for a place in the German parliament, although not enough to form part of government. 

dm/rt (dpa, AFP)

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