Lost in Translation: Greens
Can a Green Party make a coalition with a conservative one?
In Germany the system recently changed a little but this was enough to switch the inner logic of the system. The two main archrivals (Social Democrats and Christian Democrats) are more in the middle (=lost) and the small Parties (Left, Liberals and Greens) are hoping around the slagging giants. While it is clear that the Liberals stay onthe far right and the Left wher the name says they have to stay (except on immigration surprisingly), the Greens are… well… lost in translation.
Now, the Green Party in tiny Saarland has decided to go into a coalition with the old enemies. Greens were fighting neoliberal Dogma long before the world banks collapsed. Greens had to struggle with conservative majorities all over the country which was building nuclear power plants, exported weapons and supported only old-style marriage. Ok, the Conservatives moved to the middle of the political spectrum after the Social Democrats (our „natural“ partners) moved there before and basically imploded (from 43% down to 23% in 10 years!) The Liberals were basically standing naked before the voters after „their“ theories burned down with millions of jobs, dollars and dreams at Lehman Brothers and other institutions. The voters like two things: Social Christian Democrats and naked Liberals. They won big time (regarding the general conditions). Now the Greens have to choose if they want to wait for a rise on the left again for SD and the Left or open for coalitions to the right to „green“ the otherwise dirty politics. It is a question as old as our movement itself. Now Saarland took the lead and started it. In that state, the political power within the Greens is centered around one man, „Mafioso Ulrich“. Supposedly they made a pretty good deal. We will see. I hope the Greens will – this time – be strong enough to say at some point „no, we are not gonna taking that shit anymore. We are out!“. That would make them stronger despite „having tried that out“. maybe a „back to the roots“ which is really necessary leads the rocky road to Jamaica and back.