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The Path to Power in Post-Merkel Germany Is Getting Greener

  • Greens and CDU have been meeting secretly to prepare alliance
  • So-called Pizza Connection senses historic chance for power
Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck
Annalena Baerbock and Robert HabeckPhotographer: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

In a Berlin pizza parlor, a secretive group of politicians is drawing up a plan to put climate policy at the center of the next German government.

The network, half-jokingly known as the Pizza Connection, has spent years honing proposals for an unprecedented coalition between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Germany’s increasingly powerful Greens. With the chancellor due to step down in little over a year, the group senses that their time may be arriving.