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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Green With Envy

If you didn't know better, and I asked you to describe this photograph of a rather runty Renate Kuenast being held up by Jürgen Trittin, celebrating their victory in Germany's Green Party's congress, how would you describe the scene?



Doesn't it look like something out of the Wombles set?



I just can't take anyone seriously who would be mistaken for Great Uncle Bulgaria, or a modern-day Tinky-Winky.

Seriously, though, Germany has tried to do their best to counter Barack Obama's rise to power, in their own, still rather vanilla way. Meet Cem Ozdemir, the Green Party's new leader* and the first ethnic Turk to gain such a foothold on power in Germany.



*He and Claudia Roth are co-leaders.

If you think that's not of note, think again. In Germany, the Greens are a major political force -- perhaps the most of all the Green Parties around the world.

As proof of that, I need only show you the Green Party candidate for US President in 2008, the always lively, Cynthia McKinney.



Maybe President-Elect Obama can reach out, and find her a place in his Team of Rivals cabinet?

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4 Comments:

  • how would you describe the scene?

    I was thinking more Gepetto/Pinocchio.

    Meet Cem Ozdemir, the Green Party's new leader* and the first ethnic Turk to gain such a foothold on power in Germany.

    I haven't read up much on him,* but on the face, I think it's probably good for Deutschland, and definitely a boost for Döner kebabs!

    *Do you have any good links, English or German?

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Tue Nov 18, 03:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Yes I do, Chickenlittle! :)

    I've been a little remiss about linking today, on my blogposts, so sorry about that.

    Here is an English one, albeit from a German source.

    And a German one, his actual site.

    According to Wiki, he's married to a German-Argentinia, Pia Castro, and he's a good dresser...

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 18, 05:25:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Many thanks! The fifth one at his website, "Religion, Sex, and Mother Tongue Should Not Be Deciding Factors," raises familiar points about mixed ethnicity (Obama) vs. mixed national identity (Özdemir).

    In one sense, the election of Özdemir as a political party leader is as exciting/boring for us as selecting/electing the first black to lead a minor political party (now I see your McKinney comparison as more than wry jest). But for Germany it means more. And Özdemir is realistic about what it means. I wish him luck.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Tue Nov 18, 06:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • That first pair... like something the cat dragged in. (not very gracious of me!)

    the always lively, Cynthia McKinney.

    VERY gracious of you!

    By Blogger knox, at Tue Nov 18, 07:46:00 pm GMT-5  

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