Alliance 90 / The Greens Rhineland-Palatinate

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Alliance 90 / The Greens Rhineland-Palatinate
Misbah Khan
Misbah Khan
Josef Winkler
Josef Winkler
Alliance 90 - The Greens Logo.svg
Chairperson Misbah Khan
Josef Winkler
Treasurer Birgit Meyreis
executive Director Silke Dietz
Establishment date September 30, 1979
Place of foundation Koblenz
Headquarters Frauenlobstraße 59-61
55118 Mainz
Landtag mandates
Number of members 3,475 (as of mid-December 2018)
The regional office of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen Rhineland-Palatinate in Mainz-Neustadt

Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen Rhineland-Palatinate are the regional association of the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen party in Rhineland-Palatinate .


The first green member of the Bundestag from Rhineland-Palatinate and former state chairman, Roland Vogt (2008)

On September 30, 1979, the Rhineland-Palatinate state party "THE GREENS" was founded. The first state executive consisted of Erhard Brune, Peter Keuer, Norbert Klein and Helga Vohwinckel. At that time the regional association had 43 members. At the first state party conference in April 1980 in Mainz , Birgit Burchard, Peter Keuer, Norbert Klein, Gerhard Lausterer and Helga Vohwinckel were elected. The number of members of the state party had meanwhile grown to 538.

In 1983 DIE GRÜNEN ran for the first time in a state election in Rhineland-Palatinate, but failed relatively close to the five percent hurdle with 4.5% . But since the GREENS entered the German Bundestag with 5.6% in the Bundestag election that took place in the same year, the Rhineland-Palatinate Greens were also able to send Roland Vogt, their first member of the Bundestag, to the Bundestag. Due to the principle of rotation , he was replaced by Willi Tatge after two years .

In the municipal elections in Rhineland-Palatinate in 1984, THE GREENS won 210 seats in a total of 130 local parliaments .

In 1987 the GREENS were able to enter the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate for the first time with 5.9% . The first parliamentary group included the MPs Gisela Bill , Harald Dörr , Gernot Rotter , Manfred Seibel and Horst Steffny . Gisela Bill was elected the first group leader. In the same year, Uwe Hüser and the later FDP politician Heike Wilms-Kegel, two members of the Rhineland-Palatinate state association, moved into the German Bundestag .

Because of the failure of the GREENS in the electoral area of West Germany in the federal election in 1990 , the Rhineland-Palatinate state association was unable to send any members to the Bundestag.

In 1991 the party succeeded in re-entering the state parliament. However, only Bill and Dörr moved back into the state parliament, while with Erika Fritsche , Friedel Grützmacher , Michael Henke , Dietmar Rieth and Manfred Seibel five new green politicians received a mandate. Although the election result would also have allowed a red-green coalition , the leading candidate of the SPD , Rudolf Scharping , opted for a social-liberal coalition , so that THE GREENS remained in the opposition . Gisela Bill was re-elected group leader. In the middle of the electoral term, however, she was replaced by Friedel Grützmacher.

In 1993 the regional association changed its name to "BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN Rhineland-Palatinate" because the federal party DIE GRÜNEN and Bündnis 90 had merged in advance . With the entry of the united federal party into the Bundestag in 1994 , Ulrike Höfken and Christian Sterzing again received two party members of the regional association a Bundestag mandate. On November 13, 1994, the Green Youth Alliance of Rhineland-Palatinate (GJB) was founded.

Also in 1996 the entry into the state parliament succeeded. Gisela Bill, Friedel Grützmacher and Dietmar Rieth also belonged to the parliamentary group. Ise Thomas , Elke Kiltz , Guido Dahm and Bernhard Braun were newcomers . Despite the increase in the green election result, the SPD (now under Prime Minister Kurt Beck as party leader) remained in the election of the FDP as a coalition partner, not least because a poor SPD result did not allow a majority for red-green.

In 1998 , Höfken and Sterzing again moved into the Bundestag for the Rhineland-Palatinate Greens. After the federal election, the first red-green federal government was formed under Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder ( SPD ).

In 1999, when the new red-green federal government decided that Germany would take part in the Kosovo war , the regional association suffered heavy losses in local elections. Nationwide, the Greens only achieved 5.0%. For the first time since the state party was founded, membership began to decline.

In the 2001 state elections in Rhineland-Palatinate , the Greens were able to unite 5.2%. With Bernhard Braun, Friedel Grützmacher, Elke Kiltz, and Ise Thomas, the majority belonged to the old and new parliamentary groups. Reiner Marz and Nils Wiechmann completed the group, which now only has six Green MPs. As in 1991, the arithmetical majority for a potential red-green alliance was not used in 2001, because the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Kurt Beck , like his predecessor Scharping, preferred a coalition with the FDP.

A constitutional and structural reform in the autumn of that year reduced the state board from eight to just three members. The board of the state main committee, in which each district association was represented with one seat, regardless of its size, was replaced by a new party council: twelve members, who were elected by the state delegate assembly, were put to the side of the state board.

In 2002 , the continuation of the red-green coalition at federal level was made possible due to the good performance of the Greens. The green state party achieved its best result with 7.9% in Rhineland-Palatinate and sent Ulrike Höfken and Josef Winkler to Berlin as members of the Bundestag .

In the 2004 local elections, the Greens won 7.1% and 539 seats nationwide. In the European elections that took place at the same time , the regional association achieved 9.1%.

Ise Thomas (2010), former chairwoman of the green parliamentary group in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate

In the state elections in Rhineland-Palatinate in 2006 , the Alliance Greens ran as the top candidate, as they did in 2001, with their parliamentary group leader Ise Thomas. However, the re-entry into the state parliament was just missed with 4.6%. The then state executive, consisting of Manfred Seibel, Tabea Rößner and Britta Steck , resigned six months after the election defeat. Eveline Lemke , Nils Wiechmann and Britta Steck were elected as the new state board . Two years later, Nils Wiechmann did not stand for re-election to the board and was replaced by Daniel Köbler .

The 2009 European and local elections brought the Greens further gains compared to 2004. In the federal elections in the autumn of that year, the Rhineland-Palatinate citizens were able to send three Green MPs to the Bundestag for the first time: in addition to Ulrike Höfken and Josef Winkler, Tabea Rößner won a seat in Berlin.

Daniel Köbler and Eveline Lemke (2016)

In the state elections in Rhineland-Palatinate in 2011 , the Greens, with their top candidates Eveline Lemke and Daniel Köbler, managed to get back into the state parliament and, with 15.4%, to achieve their best result in a state election in Rhineland-Palatinate. Since the SPD emerged as the strongest party from this election, but lost its absolute majority in the state parliament, the first red-green state government in Rhineland-Palatinate was formed. Eveline Lemke became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs, Climate Protection, Energy and State Planning in the Beck V cabinet . Ulrike Höfken became Minister for the Environment, Agriculture, Food, Viticulture and Forests , who left the Bundestag for this. Tobias Lindner moved up for them in the Bundestag. The Greens also provided Irene Alt, Minister for Integration, Family, Children, Youth and Women . In December 2012, the state delegates' assembly decided to reform the statutes again. The state executive board was expanded to include five members by two assessors, and the party council was abolished. A small party congress was introduced as a smaller body between the state delegate assemblies.

With 9.5%, the Greens achieved their best result in local elections in Rhineland-Palatinate in May 2014. With 25 additional mandates, they were able to be represented in all district assemblies for the first time. In the local elections or in the run-off elections that followed in June, the Greens were also able to win nine direct mandates as honorary mayors or mayors.

In the state elections in Rhineland-Palatinate in 2016 , the party suffered heavy losses and barely jumped the 5 percent hurdle with 5.3%. The Greens, however, stayed in the state government, this time in a traffic light coalition with the SPD and FDP. The position of deputy prime minister for the Greens was dropped in the cabinet. Minister for the Environment, Energy, Nutrition and Forests stayed with Ulrike Höfken with a slightly different theme, while the slightly different Ministry for Family, Women, Youth, Integration and Consumer Protection is headed by Minister Anne Spiegel. The renewed constitutional and structural reform in autumn of that year led to a state executive board with three full-time members, while the extended state board with nine honorary members serves as an advisory body. The small party congress was abolished, in its place came the district executive conference with one delegate from each district association.

District associations

There are 36 district associations of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen in Rhineland-Palatinate:
Ahrweiler, Altenkirchen, Alzey-Worms, Bad Dürkheim, Bad Kreuznach, Bernkastel-Wittlich, Birkenfeld, Bitburg-Prüm, Cochem-Zell, Donnersberg (formerly: Donnersbergkreis), Frankenthal , Germersheim, Kaiserslautern (city), Kaiserslautern-Land, Koblenz (city), Kusel, Landau, Ludwigshafen (city), Mainz (city), Mainz-Bingen, Mayen-Koblenz, Neustadt / W., Neuwied, Pirmasens-Wasgau, Rhine-Hunsrück, Rhine-Lahn, Rhine-Palatinate (formerly: Ludwigshafen-Land), Südliche Weinstrasse, Südwestpfalz, Speyer, Trier (city), Trier-Saarburg (district), Vulkaneifel, Westerwald, Worms (city) and Zweibrücken.

Ministers in the state government

Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen have two state ministers in the current state government of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Ulrike Höfken (2009), current environment minister in Rhineland-Palatinate and former state chairwoman
Surname Offices
Ulrike Höfken Environment, energy, nutrition and forests
Anne Spiegel Family, women, youth, integration and consumer protection


From 1987 to 2006 DIE GRÜNEN and from 1993 Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen were represented in parliamentary groups in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate. From 2006 to 2011, the party did not have any state parliament members. Since 2011, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen has once again been represented in parliament with parliamentary groups.

Group leaders

Bernhard Braun (2014), chairman of the green parliamentary group in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate
Period Chairman
1987-1993 Gisela Bill
1993-1996 Friedel Grützmacher
1996-2006 Ise Thomas
2011-2016 Daniel Koebler
since 2016 Bernhard Braun

Current composition

The parliamentary group of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen is represented in the 17th state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate with a total of six members, three of whom are women and three men.

Parliamentary group

Other MPs

State election results

State election results
in percent
State election results
year be right Seats Top candidacy
| 1983 4.5% 0
| 1987 5.9% 5 Gisela Bill
| 1991 6.5% 7th
| 1996 6.9% 7th Ise Thomas
| 2001 5.2% 6th Ise Thomas
| 2006 4.6% 0 Ise Thomas
| 2011 15.4% 18th Eveline Lemke and Daniel Köbler
| 2016 5.3% 6th Eveline Lemke and Daniel Köbler

Bundestag election results of the Rhineland-Palatinate regional association since 1980

Bundestag election results
year Number of votes Share of votes in Rhineland-Palatinate Seats
1980 33,500 1.4% 0
1983 113.185 4.5% 1
1987 183,602 7.5% 2
1990 95,596 4.0% 0
1994 150.630 6.2% 2
1998 152.009 6.1% 2
2002 190,645 7.9% 2
2005 172,900 7.3% 2
2009 211,971 9.7% 3
2013 169.372 7.6% 3
2017 179.233 7.6% 3

Rhineland-Palatinate member of the Greens in the Bundestag

Tobias Lindner during a plenary session (2019)

The Rhineland-Palatinate regional association of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen is represented by three members in the German Bundestag .

State chairman

Period Surname
1986-1987 Roland Vogt
1991-1994 Ulrike Höfken
1992-1994 Christian Sterzing
1994-1996 Ursula Radwan and Mehdi Jafari Gorzini
1996-2000 Gabriele Schorzmann-Bayer and Reiner Marz
2000-2001 Fred Konrad
2001 - November 2006 Tabea Rößner and Manfred Seibel
November 2006 - November 8, 2008 Eveline Lemke and Nils Wiechmann
November 8, 2008–2011 Eveline Lemke and Daniel Köbler
June 18, 2011 - April 20, 2013 Britta Steck and Uwe Diederichs-Seidel
April 20, 2013 - December 10, 2016 Katharina Binz and Thomas Petry
December 10, 2016 - May 20, 2017 Katharina Binz and Josef Winkler
May 20, 2017 - November 23, 2019 Jutta Paulus and Josef Winkler
since November 23, 2019 Misbah Khan and Josef Winkler


Web links

Commons : Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen Rheinland-Pfalz  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Südwestrundfunk : Large parties lose members, small ones gain. January 13, 2019, accessed March 22, 2019 .
  2. The wrong people , article on SpiegelOnline
  3. GREEN Chronicle: 1979 to 1997
  4. a b Continuity is the key , article on SpiegelOnline
  5. GREEN Chronicle: 1998 to 2009
  7. Rhineland-Palatinate: SPD clear in front of the CDU, Greens fall , Spiegel Online , March 13, 2016
  8. ^ District associations of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen Rhineland-Palatinate
  9. MPs
  10. ^ Results of the state elections in Rhineland-Palatinate
  11. Election campaign without brash tones
  12. SPD wins in Mainz , article on
  13. ^ Results of the federal elections