Germany's Financial Times says 'vote green'

5th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Green party is the only party putting forth 'real ideas' for Europe, the paper said in an editorial on its famous pink page.

Berlin -- The German-language version of the pro-business Financial Times urged its readers on Thursday to vote for the Green party in the forthcoming European elections.

"Whoever wants to bring meaningful change with his vote should this time tick the Green box,” the paper said in an editorial on its famous pink pages. “They are the only party putting forward real ideas for Europe."

The Financial Times Deutschland -- with a circulation of around 100,000 -- was also sharply critical of Germany's mainstream parties, dismissing their electoral manifestos as "banal."

According to a recent Infratest Dimap poll, the Greens are expected to come third in the European elections in Germany, where the vote takes place on Sunday. The elections took place in Britain and the Netherlands on Thursday.

The survey puts Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU at 33 percent and the Social Democrats -- junior partner in Germany's coalition government -- at 26 percent.

The Greens are seen getting 12 percent of the vote, ahead of the pro-business FDP party (nine percent), the far-left Die Linke (seven percent) and the Bavarian CSU (six percent).

Although a marginal party in several EU countries, the Greens are a major force in European politics in Germany.

Thirteen of Germany's 99 members of the European Parliament are members of the European Green group which itself has 43 members of a total of 783.


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