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Népszabadság - Hungary | Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Germany's Greens too inflexible

In a referendum held in the German state of Baden-Württemberg on Sunday a clear majority voted in favour of the highly controversial railway station project Stuttgart 21. The ruling Greens have consistently rejected the building plans. The party's unwillingness to compromise could jeopardise its power, writes the left-liberal daily Népszabadság: "We have principles, the Greens say. But when it comes to governing the capacity to compromise is indispensable. The Greens' rejection of the Stuttgart 21 project, strained to the point of conservatism, is notable in that many of the successes achieved by the environmental party in the past decades were thanks to its newness and openness. The Greens however also exhibited the same conservative inflexibility in Berlin, where they recently missed the opportunity to participate in a governing coalition with the Social Democrats because of a dispute over the construction of a three-kilometre-long section of urban motorway. ... But when you're at the helm different rules apply, and the Greens must accept this otherwise the voters may gradually turn their backs on them, too."

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