GERMAN GREENS CELEBRATE THEIR 30TH ANNIVERSARY A BIT UNDER A GREY CLOUD
By Kevin Stoda, Wiesbaden
Today, the Green Party of Germany celebrates its 30th anniversary. It was founded on this day officially in Karlsruhe in 1980 and became within a decade a very powerful small party in German politics. It did so by constantly holding out for far better social and ecological conditions while promoting a youthful image of greater democratic participation by West German citizens. More-over, it was seen as the party most interested in promoting a peaceful and conciliatory image of Germany at a time when the Cold War was heating up.
Although the Green Party did not serve in a national governing coalition until approximately 18 years after its founding, like many small progressive parties in the United States, the German Greens Platform was gradually absorbed into the platforms of most of the other significant political parties in Germany within a decade or so after its founding. First the Social Democrats and then later the Christian Democrats/Christian Socialists, and even the Free Democrats or Liberal parties became more environmentally aware and interested in the multicultural reality of German citizenry and their diverse political interests.