The old neoliberal politics is beginning to take a thrashing from a force long dismissed as inconsequential. Ask Angela Merkel.
At the European elections 48% of voters said climate change was their top concern. The Green Party came second in that election and now leads Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (cdu) in polls. Every week “Fridays for Future” protests fill the heart of Berlin with marching schoolchildren.The Telegraph reports that the Greens are now on top in Germany.
Three polls published in three days this week showed the Greens pulling ahead of the CDU, making them Germany's most popular party for the first time since they were founded.
The last poll, published on Saturday, put the Greens four points ahead of the CDU on 27 percent, marking a historical low for the traditional governing party of German politics.
Germany's Greens have been enjoying a surge in popularity recently and overtook the Social Democrats, their main left-wing rivals, earlier this year.
The environmentalist party's success has came as concern about climate change, biodiversity and plastic waste surged to the forefront of political debate over the last year.In Canada, we may not have the same sense of urgency that has driven German voters to the Greens but it's probably just a matter of time. Most of us are not adapting well to early-onset climate change impacts and our politicians have other priorities. They'll pay lip service to the problem and offer gestural responses such as a minuscule carbon tax. They won't, however, put the economy on a crisis footing to meet the demands of both adaptation and mitigation. If it's solutions you want, you'll have to do better than the Liberals or the Conservatives.
It will be a good start if May's Greens capture enough of the vote in October to put a little fear into the Liberals and the Conservatives. Fear is something they do understand.