The power duo contributed to electoral successes in regional elections, achieving the best result ever recorded in the 2019 European Parliament election.
In fact, both times the Greens entered government in 1998 and 2002, they were run by a strong political personality, such as Joschka Fischer. Contrary to party tradition, Fischer was the only real lead party candidate in the 2002 federal election. After Fischer’s departure from political life, the Greens returned to their classic leadership duopoly and didn’t return to government until 2021. Given this chequered history of shared political power within the Green Party, Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock could have been a prey to the traditional destructive pattern when they took over the reins in 2018. But they didn’t.