Schleswig-Holstein

Northern Lights for the Greens

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In 2017, it's really not easy to be green. Source: Picture Alliance

Across Germany, the Green party has plummeted in the polls to as low as 6 percent, but the environmentalists are not nervous yet.

“First, we’ll focus on Schleswig-Holstein,” party leader and chancellor candidate Cem Özdemir told Handelsblatt in an interview.

The German-Turkish politician is keeping an eye on the small German state election. The Greens hope to counteract the party’s national slump with a double-digit victory in the north, just as they did five years ago. Monika Heinold, the state finance minister and party leader, hopes to remain in a governing coalition with the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the South-Schleswig Voters Association (SSW).

Prime Minister Torsten Albig is having to fight to continue to lead with a SPD government. His party is polling one point below the local faction of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Experts say that if Mr. Albig doesn’t win the incumbency, it could be a sign of trouble for the SPD’s chancellor candidate Martin Schulz. His run against CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel initially caused a surge in popularity for his party, but the CDU has seen its numbers rising in recent weeks.

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