- Title: Green party supporters happy about historic result
- Date: 26th September 2021
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 26, 2021) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** GREEN PARTY CO-LEADERS ANNALENA BAERBOCK AND ROBERT HABECK WALKING ON STAGE GREEN PARTY SUPPORTERS APPLAUDING VARIOUS OF BAERBOCK AND HABECK ON STAGE ELECTION PARTY ONGOING GREEN PARTY SUPPORTERS STANDING TOGETHER (SOUNDBITE) (German) CO-CHAIRMAN OF GREEN PARTY'S PARLIAMENTARY GROUP, ANTON HOFREITER, SAYING: "First of all, we are happy about the good result. Best result we have achieved in the federal election. As you said exactly. The other, of course, it has to be said, we had expected more. And now we are simply trying to make the best of it for a government where climate protection, where social cohesion, and a good European policy are central. And we are also particularly pleased with the result in Berlin." GREEN PARTY SUPPORTERS STANDING TOGETHER (SOUNDBITE) (German) GREEN PARTY SUPPORTER, RONJA WULF, SAYING: "Well, I have to say I'm totally happy. The Berlin result is outstanding. We are so happy. I know it's only a forecast so far. But we are all convinced that it can only get better. And I'm happy, as Annalena has already said: we have a mandate for the future and hopefully next time there will be enough for a Green Chancellor." GREEN PARTY SUPPORTERS STANDING TOGETHER (SOUNDBITE) (German) GREEN PARTY SUPPORTER, STEFAN BREIDENBACH, SAYING: "Well, I hope that it is a climate election and that the climate election will be reflected in the government. I work for a non-governmental organisation myself and it will be important that this next government really does something. And it has to be comprehensive. Otherwise, it won't work." ELECTION PARTY ONGOING
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- Keywords: Germany Greens. vox pops election reax
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Europe,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWCUKP3
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- Story Text: There were mixed feelings for Germany's Green Party after the general election on Sunday (September 26). The Greens failed to live up to their performance at the start of the campaign when they vied with the conservatives to top polls. But the party achieved some local successes: after parallel elections for a new city government in Berlin, exit polls suggest the Greens have a chance of beating the SPD in what has long been a left-wing stronghold.
"Well, I have to say I'm totally happy. The Berlin result is outstanding. We are so happy. I know it's only a forecast so far. But we are all convinced that it can only get better. And I'm happy, as Annalena has already said: we have a mandate for the future and hopefully next time there will be enough for a Green Chancellor," said Green's supporter Ronja Wulf.
It is likely to take some time before a final result is known. The vote was overshadowed by reports of various logistical breakdowns. Ballot papers were reported to have run out at some polling stations. Some eyewitnesses said they were sent home again without being able to cast their votes. Long queues formed in some places, and many voters had to stand in line for hours. The state election commissioner made it clear that anyone who had queued by 6 p.m. (CEST) would still be allowed to vote after the official closing time.
(Production: Stefan Remter, Holger Koerner, Stephan Schepers)
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