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Young feminist, Iranian-born old hand leads Germany’s Greens

Just a month after joining the government for the first time in 16 years, the German Greens elected a new leader yesterday and crowned a duo with a mix of new blood and candid policy experience.
Feminist Ricarda Lang, 28, and Iran-born foreign policy expert Omid Nouripur, 46, are trying to maintain their supporters while maintaining a tricky coalition in Berlin, so the Ecologist Party Is in command of.
Greens and his candidate for prime minister, Annalena Baerbock, recorded the highest ever result in the general election last September with 14.8% of the votes cast.
However, they did not reach the greater expectation that they could nominate a successor to Angela Merkel.
Under Prime Minister Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic Party, the party will join Germany’s first tripartite coalition alongside the Liberal Democratic Party of professional business.
Barebock, now Foreign Minister, and Robert Habeck, co-leader of Greens, have resigned as party leaders whose main issue is the fight against climate change.
Lang has been a rising star in German politics since being elected to Congress last year and is now one of the youngest leaders in postwar history.
Immediately after the election, she promised to link environmental protection with social progress.
The climate crisis “has hit the least people in particular,” she said. Lang from a small town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany’s only Greens-led state, joined the party at the age of 18 and became deputy leader in November 2019, becoming a spokeswoman for women’s affairs.
Before entering politics, the single mother’s daughter suspended her legal research to become a social worker at home for abused women.
She began to see the government as a place of precise systematic change and took over the leadership of the Greens youth group from 2017 to 2019.
“I believe in fairness, so that people like my mother can make it easier in the future,” she told the local media.
Greens has traditionally endeavored for gender equality in leadership, with pragmatists and ideologies, in this case Lang, at the top.
As a frank and openly bisexual woman, Lang faces a ton of hate speech online, the most vicious of which is fighting criminal accusations.
She keeps the party’s often unruly rank “by revealing a green profile and making it stronger than ever” while making the compromises needed to maintain a coalition in Berlin. I promised.
Born in Tehran in 1975, Omid Nouripour has made a name for himself in foreign policy, primarily in parliamentary debates, and has been a member of parliament for over 15 years.
He said he wanted to keep the party firmly mainstream, paying attention to the activist’s roots, especially after being relatively successful in last year’s elections.
“We will be the leader of Germany’s centre-left,” he swore.
That includes keeping an eye on the prime minister, who won the highest award in the 2025 elections, he said yesterday.
And he argues that it only works “if you think beyond everyday governance” between the Social Democratic Party and the FDP. Nouripour is working to clarify Green’s profile on human rights and has recently called for a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
He strongly criticized Merkel during his tenure for speaking directly to Belarusian magnate Alexander Lukashenko on the phone and calling it a “disastrous signal.”
Nouripour moved from Iran to Germany as a refugee with his family in 1988 and started school in Frankfurt as a teenager.
After discontinuing his studies of philosophy and law, Nouripour ran for parliament and won Joschka Fischer’s seat in 2006 when the Greens Grande left politics. 2009 campaign video on more renewable energies and “organic Kofta kebab for everyone”.

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