The Greens are now the largest opposition party in Germany, according to the independent pollster Forsa in a survey conducted for the news magazine Stern.
Support for the center-left environmentalist party has risen to 28 percent, seven points higher than in Forsa’s previous survey.
The Social Democrats (SPD), traditionally Germany’s largest center-left party, are polling at 23 percent. The SPD is normally the senior member in coalition governments with its partner-of-choice, the Greens.
Add up the numbers! If that happens, there will be a Green-led Government in Germany, with the SPD (our equivalent is Labour) as its minor partner. The CDU (our equivalent is National and ACT) would be in Opposition, because, despite being the largest party bloc, it has less support than the Greens and the SPD combined.
How quickly things can change in politics!
Germany has to wait another two years for a national election. We in New Zealand have another seven months, but we have essentially the same very democratic electoral system as Germany, so it could happen here.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could soon start to replicate the German polling here in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It’s up to you all, and our Green MPs in Parliament, to make it happen.