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German Green Party rejects Munich bid

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The farmers in Garmisch-Partenkirchen already oppose the Munich 2018 bid, now the bid also doesn't get unanimous support from the rest of Germany: Yesterday, a majority of the delegates at a conference of the German Green Party rejected the Munich 2018 bid. Due to the disappointing result, the party's chairwoman Claudia Roth who had defended the bid at the party conference resigned from the bid committee's board of trustees.

German Greens pull out of Munich Olympic bid

This is a serious blow for the Munich bid but an even more serious blow for the Green Party which had very much support within the German electorate lately and soared up to 25 % in the national opinion polls (after having received 10.7 % in the federal election last year). Now it might disappoint a few people that the party defies the 75 to 78 % of Germans who, according to several opinion polls, support the Munich bid.

And for the Munich bid, such bad news have to stop. First the farmers' protests, then Willy Bogner's resignation due to bad health, and now this. That doesn't have to mean that Munich will lose but it has to get back into "calmer waters" in the remaining months until the IOC decision.

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How much power do the Green Party wield? Will it 'just' be a matter that the Games may not have cross-part support leading up to the vote, or could they genuinly block anything planned by Munich?

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The Green Party is in opposition on both the federal and the Bavarian state's level (on both levels, CDU/CSU and FDP [Christian Democrats respectively Christian-Social Union and the Liberals] form a coalition government). The Green Party is only in charge in the city of Munich, where they form a coalition in the city council with the SPD (Social Democrats). I read that the Green Party of Munich already opposed the Olympic bid with a majority of two thirds in October, but nevertheless the Green Party members in Munich's city council voted in favour of the bid for the sake of their coalition with the SPD.

So the vote of the federal Green Party conference is practically insignificant, but nevertheless it conveys the bad message that not all of the main German parties stand behind the bid. And since the Greens are that successful in the opinion polls currently, they and their stance on the bid should not and cannot be completely ignored -- even if they are in opposition.

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not really - this decision was made on a general national party conference of the Greens - the interesting thing was that the top politicians of the Greens support the Munich bid, but the conference voted against the bid.

To make it more complicated: the Green Party of Munich supports the Munich bid!

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not really - this decision was made on a general national party conference of the Greens - the interesting thing was that the top politicians of the Greens support the Munich bid, but the conference voted against the bid.

To make it more complicated: the Green Party of Munich supports the Munich bid!

Sounds like archetypal Green politics...no cohesive ability to set and maintain a program or set of beliefs outside their left of centre core values, and then enforce such unified political measures across all levels of party (rank and file versus parliamentary branches at federal and state levels).

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