Germany: the Greens unscrew

Blunders made the party lose its favorite place in the September legislative elections.

In Germany, electoral metaphors are railroads. The campaign would pit two train drivers against each other. On the one hand, a good-natured locomotive driver, Armin Laschet, who would add the minimum amount of coal to allow the machine to move forward and its passengers to fall asleep. Thanks to his cautious conduct, the boss of the CDU is leading the polls for the legislative elections in September. On the other hand, her competitor from the Greens, Annalena Baerbock, would drive a TGV which, by pulling on the handle, has just “derail“. This difference in approach, essential in this conservative country of Germany, is at the heart of the Congress of the Ecologist Party which began on June 11, responsible for ratifying the electoral program.

The latest opinion poll (Infratest) now gives Angela Merkel’s party eight points (28%) over its environmental competitors. It was published at the end of a long series of odds committed by the Green candidate, for which she

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