NRW elections: The Greens want to lead the local parliaments

The Greens did well in local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia. That should now also be reflected in the management functions, demands state party leader Mona Neubaur.

After strong gains in numerous cities and districts in the municipal elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Greens are claiming leadership. But people are open to different coalitions, the party says. “We are the ones who have won and we want to derive leadership from it,” said NRW party leader Mona Neubaur in Düsseldorf. “We are no longer appendages of other parties.”

In the upcoming coalition negotiations in local parliaments, local party structures are free to decide, Neubaur said. “That was the case in the previous semester.” Accordingly, there are black-green and red-green alliances and traffic lights with the SPD, Greens and FDP or “paprika coalitions” with the SPD, Greens and pirates. “It will remain so.”

Strong black-green majorities in cities

According to the preliminary state result, the Greens achieved their best result in local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia with 20 percent and increased by 8.3 percentage points compared to 2014. In large cities such as Cologne, Bonn and Aachen, the Greens were the strongest group and the second. strongest faction in Düsseldorf, Münster, Dortmund, Bochum and Mülheim. In Aachen (36.73) and Münster (30.25) they even jumped over 30 percent.

This means that in many major cities there are at least arithmetically strong black-green majorities. Despite losses, the CDU is again the winner of the local election with 34.3 percent, ahead of the second-placed SPD (24.3).

The number of green seats is increasing sharply

In addition, the Greens have a good chance, especially in the second round of elections in Aachen and Bonn on September 27, to win the first mayoral positions in North Rhine-Westphalia. In all of the independent cities and districts where the Greens competed, they are now represented with double digits, Neubaur said. The number of green mandates is expected to increase significantly, from nearly 400 recently to 705.

With the Greens not only scoring points on their core topic of climate protection on the ground, but also offering solutions to other everyday questions from voters, there is now a claim to raise these issues in local parliaments as well, Neubaur said. “We are ready to take the lead.”

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