Sunday, March 27, 2011

High and Green

So, here is news: Germany will have the first head of a State government who is a member of the Green Party. Sixty-two year old Winfried Kretschmann will be leading Baden-Württemberg, Germany's wealthiest and traditional conservative, which that has been governed by the Christian Democrats for 58 years straight.

The Green Party (which is, in American terms, about two miles left of the Democrats) has gotten about 24 percent of the vote on Sunday and will team up with the Social Democrats, who have gotten 23 percent. This is a historic moment. The election result was a reaction to the nuclear catastrophe in Japan that also drove hundreds of thousands of people on the streets.

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