A decade ago a cheerful young German pounded the streets of Detroit with a stack of Barack Obama fliers in her hand. That political apprenticeship served Katharina Schulze well: now she is the closest thing Germany has to a political rock star. Ms Schulze, 33, was the face of the Green party’s momentous campaign in Bavaria, where it gutted its left-wing rivals and sent the state’s conservative ruling party crashing down to its worst result in more than 60 years. Next week the Green party has a plausible chance of dethroning Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in the central state of Hesse. A survey suggested yesterday that if there were a general election on Sunday, one in five voters would back the Greens. This is her party’s moment. For the first time it has comfortably beaten the Social Democrats (SPD) to second place in nationwide polls. It has turned Munich into the greenest big city in Europe, with 43 per cent of the vote in the city in last Sunday’s state vote.
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