Germany’s Greens are frustrated. Their dream of being part of government has been shattered with the breakdown of the so-called “Jamaica” coalition talks.
During a party congress in Berlin on November 25, members of the Green Party blamed Free Democrat (FDP) leader Christian Lindner for the collapse of exploratory talks aimed to map out a so-called Jamaica coalition of Germany’s conservatives the CDU/CSU, the FDP and the Greens. (It’s called Jamaica, because the parties’ colours match the Caribbean country’s flag.)
As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, Winfried Kretschmann, a prominent Greens politician who is state premier of Baden-Württemberg said: “I was particularly upset that it was the party that is supposed to stand for liberalism that broke off the negotiations”.
Kretschmann had also been part of the Green party’s team for the preliminary coalition talks.
Parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter said the FDP had run away in panic after trying to be more conservative than the CDU. The traditional political hostility between the Greens and the FDP, which became clear at the party congress, has been bolstered after the failure of the Jamaica talks.
According to DW, most of the Green Party delegates regretted the fact that this experiment has failed. They would have liked to see their party be part of the government again, now they are facing the threat of four more years in opposition.
Overall, however, the Greens’ grief was limited. The general feeling was that even the failed talks had achieved something for the party. There was a new sense of unity and strength that the often divided party invoked almost euphorically.