How Germany’s Green Party took on the far right to become a major political force

PhD candidate Chantal Sullivan-Thomsett has written an article for The Conversation about the success of the Green Party in Germany, at the recent European elections.

Chantal argues that the Green Party receiving 20.5% of the national vote in the European elections evidences ‘staggering pro-Green results [that] have firmly put environmentalism on the political agenda within both Germany and Europe’.

Chantal, who is completing PhD research co-supervised by the School of Politics and International Studies and the School of German, says that: ‘in eight months of PhD fieldwork on the Greens in Berlin, Kiel and Stuttgart, I have some observations about how the party has transformed to become the main political challenger in Germany – a country known best for its economy and car manufacturers’.

She situates their growth as a reaction to the success in national parliament of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) for which the Greens have taken an adversarial approach to, as well as their successful undertaking of reform strategies since 2017. 

Read the full article on The Conversation