On Monday, Germany’s Green party has chosen Annalena Baerbock, the party’s co-leader as their candidate to succeed Angela Merkel, going against the chancellor’s conservatives who are locked in increasingly vicious infighting for her crown.
The 40-year-old trained lawyer became the first chancellor candidate for the party. Both Baerbock and her fellow co-chair, Robert Habeck had coveted the job to lead the party into elections on September 26.
Baerbock has never held a government role and has been criticized for her lack of experience, raising doubts about her preparation for the electoral battle.
On Monday, she directly addressed the issue, saying that she “stands for renewal”. She said Germany needs a new beginning to meet the new challenges of the coming decades.
With her candidacy, Baerbock said she was making an “offer to the entire society.”She pledged that education and climate change are the task of her generation and she wants the policies of the new federal government to make climate protection the benchmark for all sectors.
The Greens was established in 1980 out of the ecologist movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. The party is currently second in the polls.