1978 The Alternative Liste für Demokratie und Umweltschutz (AL), an unruly alliance of environmentalists, feminists, anarchists, commu- nists and nuclear power opponents is founded in Kreuzberg.
1980 The national Green party is founded separately in Karlsruhe, West Germany.
1989 The AL wins 11.8 percent of the West Berlin vote and becomes the junior partner in a coalition government with the SPD.
1990 Reunification precipitates a new election, but the AL leaves the governing coalition to protest the clearing of squats in Friedrichshain by the SPD. They join a new alliance with East German Bündnis 90 (Alliance 90).
1993 The AL is renamed ‘Bündnis 90/Die Grünen’ and becomes part of the national party.
1998 Bündnis 90/Die Grünen wins 6.7 percent of the federal vote, and enters the governing coalition with the SPD under Gerhard Schröder. Joschka Fischer becomes Germany’s first Green vice-chancellor and foreign minister. Künast is appointed minister of food, agriculture and consumer protection in Schröder’s second government (2001-2005).
2001 Newly elected mayor Klaus Wowereit forms a minority government with Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen. But after new elections in October, Wowereit forms a ‘red-red’ state government with the leftist PDS (precursor to Die Linke).
2006 The Green party wins 13.1 percent of the vote in Berlin, but Wowereit opts to continue governing with the Left party.
2011 Renate Künast heads the Greens’ list in the September 18 city-state elections.