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From doves to über-hawks: Ukraine war recasts Germany’s Greens

Governing party takes another step away from pacifist roots

KIEL, Germany — As German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck took the stage at an election rally on a recent sunny evening, a small group of demonstrators honked air horns, blew whistles and chanted:

  • Hans von der Burchard
  • Politico

“Warmonger! Warmonger!”

That accusation is very much a fringe view, voiced in the northern city of Kiel by a few dozen protesters with far-right and pro-Russian sympathies.

But it reflects a major shift: Russia’s war in Ukraine has prompted Germany’s Greens to take another big step away from their pacifist roots and emerge as the most hawkish members of…

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