by Jerome a Paris
Thu Sep 22nd, 2005 at 03:30:13 AM EST
From the FT:
Greens refuse to drop policies for power role
Leaders of Germany's Green party said yesterday they would not abandon their principles of environmental protection and social justice to join a coalition led by opposition Christian Democrat chief Angela Merkel.(...)
"We feel that, in difficult circumstances, we have kept our support because of the policies we stand for, and we are not now about to compromise these and disappoint our voters," Ms Dückert said.(...)
Mr Fischer argued this week that returning to the opposition benches would be "completely normal. I have no problem with that".
He pointed to differences with the CDU and FDP on nuclear power, renewable energy, welfare state reform and Turkey's membership of the European Union as stumbling blocks to a possible coalition.
Fancy that! Fighting for your ideas, and then not giving up on them when you are offered a seat at the table...
This is especially important as the Greens have shown that their ideas are not outside the mainstream and can be implemented on the national stage (their energy policies for one, with the phasing out of nuclear and the strong support for renewables). They have been in power, in a coalition, which does mean they had to make some compromises, but not on things that were the most important.
Good for them.
Oh, and as a side note:
The party has 51 MPs, including 29 women, in the new parliament.