Merkel's main rivals: Trittin and Goering-Eckardt

Lead candidates for chancellor Juergen Trittin and Katrin Goering-Eckardt of Germany's environmental party Die Gruenen (The Greens) Credit: Reuters/Tobias Schwarz

The Greens (Die Gruene) have been consistently ranked third in opinion polls in recent months ahead of the German general election.

Led by Juergen Trittin, a former environment minister, and Katrin Goering-Eckardt, the surprise winner of the party's primaries, the party is eyeing a red-green coalition with the Socialists.

Here are some important facts about the candidate:

Juergen Trittin - Co-leader of the Green's parliamentary group alongside Katrin Goering-Eckardt.

  • 1980: Joined the Greens
  • 1998-2005: Environment minister

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