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Rising German Greens Leader on Climate Politics Going Mainstream

Jan. 21, 2021, 5:00 AM

As a young woman, Annalena Baerbock ditched an incipient career in journalism to join the German Greens party. Today, the 40-year-old is party co-chair and one of the country’s most influential politicians.

The decision by Chancellor Angela Merkel, the world’s longest-serving female head of state, not to run in the upcoming Sept. 26 elections leaves many options open. Baerbock could take her place if the Greens choose her over co-chair Robert Habeck in the spring, and if they secure a strong enough result in the polls. The Greens have a real shot at the country’s top job — they were briefly the country’s most-popular party before ...