Greens Surge in Baden-Württemberg

A double dose of big political news out of the German state of Baden-Württemberg where, as Judy Dempsey explains, the German right has lost control for the first time since 1953.

But beyond that element, it also looks like this will mark the first time in Germany history that a coalition government will be led by the Greens, who’ve only previously participated in government as a junior partner. When I was in Berlin in December it was clear that Social Democratic Party leaders were at least a little bit worried that Green popularity might get out of control like this and you can only imagine that they’ve got some mixed feelings about this particular win for the center-left. But as some of my colleagues have been emphasizing for a while now the only viable path forward for European progressives is in cooperation between these different strands of progressive politics.