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Green Party Leader Takes a Summer Job

Leader of the Green party, Cem Özdemir, is interning with SME EBM Papst, which makes ventilation systems. Source: DPA
Leader of the Green party, Cem Özdemir, is interning with medium-sized green-technology company, EBM-Papst, which makes ventilation systems.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Cem Özdemir, a co-chairman of the Green Party, is said to favor a future coalition with Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

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    • Cem Özdemir, party co-chairman, wants to see the Greens improve ties with business.
    • The party alienated many in industry with its election campaign to raise taxation.
    • The Greens are also opposed to the TTIP trade deal with the U.S. out of concerns over environmental and food standards.
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Mr. Özdemir hung up his jacket and took his place at the workbench, where apprentices were busy filing and soldering. The 48- year-old politician was taking a break from his day job as a member of parliament and co-chairman of Germany’s Green Party, doing a three-day summer internship at the EBM-Papst mechanical engineering firm.

Situated in Mulfingen in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, the company employs 12,000, half of them in Germany, and has an annual sales of about €1.5 billion ($2 billion) a year. It produces fans, ventilators and engines, which are sold at a relatively high price, but are quieter, lighter and more efficient than those of many of its competitors.

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