Germany: Greens strike out at those «whose loyalty to Putin is stronger than to German values»

«We will not base our potential negotiations on the SPD's position, yes or no, and that stands in any event. We take this seriously, we will do this responsibly and despite that, it's clear that we will not join the coalition, whatever the price.» The chairpeople of the Green Party/Alliance 90 hit out at an apparent show of 'loyalty' to Russian President Vladimir Putin by some within German... Еще society, at a press conference in Berlin on Monday, although it was not revealed who the slight was aimed at. Cem Oezdemir, a co-chair, said that his party would refuse to bow to those who apparently prioritise Putin's interests over «German values.» «We won't allow the country to be run down by people whose loyalty to Vladimir Putin is stronger than their loyalty to German values,» he told the conference. Meanwhile, Katrin Goering-Eckardt, the Chairperson of the Green faction, claimed that the party would not go into government as a partner, scuppering a potential 'Jamaica' coalition with the FDP and the CDU/CSU. «We will not base our potential negotiations on the SPD's position and that stands in any event. We take this seriously, we will do this responsibly and it's clear that we will not join the coalition, whatever the price,» she said. Despite the fact that the Greens outperformed their 2013 result by four seats (+0.6 percent), the party slipped two places into sixth behind Alternative fur Deutschland and the FDP as the SPD and CDU/CSU lost 40 and 65 seats respectively.

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