The Germany parliamentary elections on the 6th of March 1983 were the first time the Greens received enough votes to take seats in the Bundestag.
This achievement turned the diverse group of activists as the new arrivals in the political elite, something no one dared to say out loud. “Counterculture had captured the fortress of the establishment.”
The first Green Members of the Parliament came to the German Parliament dressed in woolen sweaters, with flowers and branches from forest trees that had become naked due to acid rain. Some females came dressed in men’s suits, clearly challenging the backward views on gender and sexism of the establishment. Since then, over 30 years have passed and although the Greens have only once belonged to the ruling coalition on the federal level, the impact of the movement on politics, way of life and even on the appearance of contemporary Germans and Europeans has been incredibly noticeable.
Andrei S. Markovits and Joseph Claver decided to describe and comprehend the experience of one of the most progressive political movements in Europe today - the experience of the Green movement. The result of their work was a little book "30 Years in the Bundestag." Heinrich Boell Foundation in Russia is pleased to announce the release of the Russian translation of this publication, which we prepared in cooperation with our partner Gonzo-Design, a communications studio which shares our values.
"30 years in the Bundestag" - a story of protest and compromise and what is especially important for us - the story of the formation of the four pillars of the green identity: ecological thinking, the policy of peace and pacifism, feminism and grassroots democracy.
The electronic version of the book will be available on our website soon. Printed versions are available from mid-September 2015 from our office and from our partner organizations.