The German Greens are disappointed: they were aiming for Angela Merkel’s chair and they ended up in third place in the general elections.
Their leader Annalena Baerbock left last spring with a comfortable lead, but her campaign suffered from several personal mistakes which are costing her party dearly: the Grünen have lost ten points in the space of six months.
Annalena Baerbock, German Greens candidate for Chancellery: “I don’t think we are in a position to celebrate tonight. For the first time in the history of the Federal Republic, we have made this country a force leading. We wanted more and we didn’t get it. This can be explained by our own mistakes at the start of the election campaign, by my personal mistakes. We are here tonight, and we say it: this time it was not enough, although we have a mandate for the future. “
Kate Brady is one of the Euronews correspondents in Germany: “The Greens celebrated their results, it is the best result ever obtained in a federal election. But it is far from the results of the opinion polls of the spring where the Greens led all parties.
Greens leader Annalena Baerbock and her right-hand man Robert Habeck said the Greens have a mandate for the future. The Greens candidate for chancellery admitted that she herself, and the party, had made mistakes during the campaign.
The Greens have probably failed to score points on the climate theme, but they will undoubtedly be part of the next government.
The Grünen would prefer a simple coalition with the Social Democrats and the Liberals FDP, the party of the ecologists does not however rule out a Jamaica coalition with the Christian Democrats and the Liberals.
Before this coalition, the Grünen have long weeks ahead of them, maybe months ahead of them, but tonight, the Greens are dancing and celebrating. “