OGJ Editorial: The Greens in Germany

For the oil and gas business, the significance of this month's voting in Germany is not the rift that developed between that country and the US, which has drawn the most attention. It is instead the widespread suspicion that devastating floods in eastern Germany before the election helped determine the outcome.The winner, with 8.6% of the vote, is the environmentalist Green party. Of course, the Social Democratic Party, which has governed Germany in coalition with the Greens since 1998, received 38.5% of the vote. But the Social Democrats' vote share dropped by a percentage point and a half since the last election, while the Greens' share rose by about as much.The outcomeThe G...

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