?Fresh elected co-leaders of the German Green party, Annalena Baerbock (L) and Robert Habeck, applause during a party convention in Hanover, central Germany, on January 27, 2018. AFP / dpa / Bernd von Jutrczenka
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Germany's Greens broke with their broad-church tradition Saturday by electing as leaders two figures from the centrist wing, a move that would make them more palatable as coalition partners for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.Long among Europe's most successful environmentalist parties, the Greens have moved from radical origins to become a major center-left force, governing in coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) for seven years to 2005 .One of two "people's parties" that dominated Germany's post-war history, the SPD polled just 19 percent on the eve of coalition talks with the conservatives, placing it only eight points ahead of the Greens.
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