Economic realities bite Germany's Greens
The Green party in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, is under pressure to abandon much of its environmental agenda in order to stay in coalition government with the Social Democrats. The development underlines the environmentalist party's increasing vulnerability in the face of economic slowdown. State premier Peer Steinbrück has demanded the Greens' support for continuing coal production subsidies beyond 2010, airport expansion in the region and subsidies for a planned high-speed rail line in the interests of economic growth and jobs. See NRW Social Democrats and Greens, plus reaction to Steinbrück paper.
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