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Green nests on the Land

Even more, you can expect faster. Two computer science colleagues of the party President sitting in front of myself-made Excel spreadsheets, and send their projections continuously to the government building to Liestal. Long before the official results are announced, knowledge of the Basel Green: This is your day. The six seats they win in this district election; eight even, if you include the retirements of two members in the course of the legislature. Re the green party is represented with 14 Seats in the cantonal Parliament. "At first I could not believe it at all," says Bálint Csontos, the 23-year-old President of the party.

at the end of March was, and the green victory in the Basel area seamlessly added into the existing narrative of this election year. Climate change, Greta, protesters will win at the end of student – to-Green.

It's always the same questions that accompany the Green-Hype. How sustainable is the success? Where is the limit? Is there even a limit?

Shortly after the elections in Basel such as the Swiss edition of "time" thinking about how the country might still be green. In the middle of the party must, to the place where it hurt. Away from the hip downtown area and the countryside, in the rural Agglo, in the conservative middle.

in other words: The Greens need to Sissach. District capital in the upper baselland region, slightly more than 6500 inhabitants, two Express-Hold per hour to the North and to the South, a reasonably traffic-calmed pedestrian zone and the only place in the Canton (and probably also in Switzerland – reliable data), in which the Greens are the strongest party ever absent. In the district elections the Greens vote in Sissach 27.3 percent of all List. More than the FDP (21,4), or SVP (20,1).

And the Green one have to be in Oltingen, a couple of villages. Nearly 500 inhabitants, two buses to Gelterkinden in the main traffic time, many farms, and a beyond the valley of well-known annual market. In the case of district elections, the Green in Oltingen accounted for 38 percent of all votes and were only beaten narrowly by the SVP.

In this rural Agglo, in this conservative middle of the Green seem to be already. And this is why the elections in Basel-land fit only on the first view in the narrative of this election year. Something weird is going on. Against every cliche in the Basel Greens are particularly strong where the city is the furthest away. In the Agglomeration of Basel, it came to 13 percent of the voters share, in the upper baselland region to almost 20 percent.

What's happening? The Greens are on the way, to be a people's party? Ironically, in the upper Basel area? The Land on the turn evenings, cherry trees and foam parties?

"There are, as always, more than a statement," says Florence Brenzikofer (43) in a nicely furnished kitchen in Sissach, on the road to Sissacher Fluh, the landmark of the place. Sitting beside her, Laura Grazioli (33) and Maya Graf (57), and together, the three women are a big part of this Declaration. Brenzikofer a secondary school teacher, the former President of the Green party in the Canton, since years in the district and has achieved in the elections in March, measured to the Voters in their constituency the best result in the whole Canton.

A reference to the ground

Laura Grazioli, HSG-a graduate, a Farmer, ran for the first Time, and made the best result in your constituency. In front of all of the Previous. And then Maya Graf, national councillor, one of the most popular politicians in the Canton. In the last Federal election she got the most votes in the around the Basel area.

Grazioli and count live and work in Sissach, Brenzikofer in Oltingen. They are in Clubs, for years present, have made a name for themselves, such as the fight against the degradation of the public TRANSPORT. They are tangible, visible, belong to the village. You all would fit in a hip Downtown neighbourhood, but they have chosen life in the country. It was a part of the explanation, says Grazioli. "We are very rooted here. As farmers, we have a reference to the ground, we know what we're talking about."

commitment, credibility – that is attested Grazioli, Brenzikofer, and count from the competition. "Because your group is not in the district very large, cumulatively, the many topics to individual persons. And make it engaging and good," says SP member of Parliament for Sandra Strüby-Schaub from Buckten. But it also says: "The Greens are placed in the very center. Sometimes I wonder if people know how civil the Green in our Canton."

you mean people like financial politician Klaus Kirchmayr or councillor Isaac Reber (he also Sissacher), which would also be found in the case of the green liberals a home. "We are a broad party, and the center is very accessible," says Grazioli. "And because we are so wide, it had never find a place for the green liberal," adds Graf.

It is near Basel to a different kind of Green in the upper, not the same as in the city, not an ideological. More of a down-to-earth, conservative, almost. And this Green, now that all the climate talk, in the upper baselland region on an almost non-existent middle, a weakening SVP, a not particularly strong SP and FDP search on sense. The perfect storm.

"Our Canton, especially in the upper Canton of the part, is very dominated by agriculture. This connection with nature leads to ecological thought, a lights," says FDP national councillor Daniela Schneeberger from Thürnen, next to Sissach. Schneeberger to the Council of States elections against Maya Graf, and has learned its Lessons from the election on Sunday in March. Environmental and climate protection were part of the DNA of the lesser extent, the free, also in the Basel area, she says. "We have communicated in the past few years maybe too little. In the autumn we will make the better."

New options

The FDP, which is sent on the Green – this too is a result of these elections. The new strength of the Green could change the image of the political Basel fundamentally; suddenly, new constellations are possible. Already have free-signals-minded, to want in the future, with the Green work together. For example in transport and infrastructure projects.

Through a closer cooperation with the Greens, the FDP could free himself from the often painful grip of the SVP. The center would be strengthened: Already today, the greens and the EPP, form a group, which can include environmental topics on the support of the CVP. New opportunities for a Canton that is in its core still conservative. And the Basel area all because of a pair of green nests in the upper.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 22.04.2019, 18:08 PM

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