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Merkel departure: Germany’s Green Party sees popularity boost ahead of upcoming election

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The Green Party is now Germany’s second most popular party after Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union alliance. Four surveys carried out in mid-April suggested Green Party supporters represent 20 to 22 percent of the total.

The party’s exponential growth may be perceived as a shift away from traditional parties in the upcoming national election this September.

Meanwhile, Ms Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance had a backing of the 28-31 percent in the same study.

While the parties are set to officially confirm their choice for chancellor, the Green Party announced on Monday that Annaelena Baerbock will be its candidate.

Jürgen Trittin, former leader of Germany’s Green Party, told CNBC that Ms Baerbock’s run was a “historic decision”.

He said: “Now, for the first time, this [election] race takes place between the Green Party on one side and the conservatives on the right side.”

Last month, Ms Merkel’s CDU party suffered a rapid slump in support while the Greens positioned themselves only two points behind.

Markus Soeder, Bavarian premier and CSU leader, told Bild am Sonntag newspaper there had been “a change of mood in the country.”

He added: “The Union must show that it still has strength and ideas and is not exhausted and worn out. It needs new beginnings now.”



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