The Berlin chapter of the Green Party (Grune) abruptly put their party convention on hold on Saturday, following the failure of the sole candidate for state chairperson, Tanja Prinz, to secure the necessary absolute majority in three rounds of voting. The conference, which took place in Berlin-Moabit, is set to resume on Wednesday evening, following the state executive board's approval of a procedural motion.
Poor Support for Tanja Prinz
In the final round of voting, Prinz managed to garner only 41 affirmative votes, against 104 negative ones and two abstentions. The previous rounds showed even less support for Prinz, prompting a pause after the second round for her to consult with her supporters regarding the feasibility of standing again. However, the prospects of swaying the delegates appeared bleak.
Prinz's Critical Stand
Prinz is a member of the party's 'Realo' wing, which has been critical of the current direction of the state association. She and her supporters have advocated for a stronger counterbalance to the Green Party's left wing. Prinz had also called for an end to the 'black-red' coalition and criticized the economic policies of Franziska Giffey's administration.
Leadership Status and Future Coalition Options
Despite the voting debacle, the current leadership, consisting of Philmon Ghirmai from the left wing and Susanne Mertens from the 'Realo' wing, remains in office and fully operational until a new board is elected. The Green Party, known for its internal disputes, is now facing questions about its future direction. Potential coalition options, such as with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) or a 'black-green-yellow' alliance, are being considered ahead of the next state parliament elections in 2026.