The German party Die Grünen (The Greens) has for the first time explicitly put forward a chancellors candidate. The party is well in the polls and wants Annalena Baerbock (40) to succeed Angela Merkel after the September elections.
Baerbock and her colleague Robert Habeck lead the party, which has a dual presidency. The Greens are in polls on the Christian Democrats of Merkel. Her conservative cooperation of CDU/CSU is plagued by internal divisions about who the Chancellor should succeed.
On Monday the Greens showed very unanimous. They profile themselves by choosing a single chancellor candidate as a serious contender in the struggle for power, as Merkel leaves the political scene after 16 years in power. The environmental party used to enter the elections with two leaders.
Their candidate Baerbock studied international law in London and has been in the German Parliament since 2013. At a joint press conference she expressed the ambition to lead the next government. Politics promised that climate policy will be a spearhead.
“I stand for innovation, others will represent the status quo”, said the politician at a press conference with her colleague Habeck. He acknowledged that he had also liked to become likewise, but that eventually a choice had to be made. And he fell for his colleague Baerbock.
The Greens have already taken government responsibility at regional level. This is how they control the state of Baden-Württemberg.