The Greens and the conservatives have, however, worked together on the state level in Hamburg. More progressive CDU supporters in northern and western Germany may find themselves closer to the Greens than they are to the CSU on social issues, and share many of the Greens’ concerns over the environment.
The Greens, together with the Social Democrats, have voted with Merkel to back key measures to keep the euro zone together during its crisis — even as some on the right of her own party have rebelled.
But, while apparently the negotiations will take place on a “serious” basis (and the German Radio station,Deutschlandfunk, has discussed them at length) a coalition with the Social Democrats is much more probable.
German businesses, for one, wouldn’t be disappointed if talks between the conservatives and the Greens collapsed. Considering the challenges in regard to European and energy issues, and labour market, employer lobby group BDA Wednesday advocated an alliance between Ms. Merkel’s conservative parties and the Social Democrats.
In this case the left party, Die Linke, will be the largest Parliamentary opposition force.
It is with interest that we note that the Green-leaning Taz today is already giving lessons to Die Linke on how to become a responsible party.
They offer some instructions to Gregor Gysi (“der klügste Kopf der Partei” the brightest mind in the party) on how do this.