German Greens open to new coalition partners

19th October 2013, Comments 0 comments

Germany's ecologist Green party voted on Saturday to widen their options for future coalition partners following a dismal showing in last month's elections.

"Other coalition options should be possible in principle," the Greens decided at their party congress.

The Greens have previously ruled out a coalition at a national level with any other party than the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).

However, they have governed in some state administrations with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU).

The Greens and the SPD governed Germany between 1998 and 2005.

Saturday's resolution opens the door for the party to govern with the CDU or even the far-left Left party, as well as with their traditional SPD allies.

Until now, all mainstream parties have refused to consider any coalition with the Left.

Merkel romped to victory in September 22 elections but fell narrowly short of being able to form a government without a coalition partner.

The CDU and the Greens flirted briefly with a coalition but preliminary talks broke down on Wednesday, leaving Merkel to talk with the SPD over a possible grand coalition.

Polling at around 20 percent only two years ago, the Greens suffered a dramatic dip in popularity and won just more than eight percent during the September elections.

© 2013 AFP

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