Germany’s Green Party will enter a coalition only when same-sex marriages are legal
Ahead of the nationwide elections in September, the opposition party pledged that it would only enter a coalition deal on the condition that same-sex marriage is finally legalised in the country. The party announced the policy during their pre-election party conference in the country’s capital. The party’s manifest reads that there is no need to count on Green Party in the coalition until same-sex marriages are legally recognized. Currently, same-sex marriage is still being blocked by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Although the policy may have an impact on Merkel forming a coalition, The Greens are facing falling levels of support and so a coalition may be unlikely. While their support levelled at over 10 percent for the last year, they have recently slipped down to between 6.5 and 8 percent.
However, if they manage to retain the 5 percent of the vote needed to enter parliament then it could be likely that they enter into a coalition with CDU or Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU). Co-leader of the Greens, Cem Özdemir, said that they hoped to beat the far right party, Alternative for Germany (AfD) and help move the country forward.