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European elections: Despite poor results, the Greens hope to influence EU agenda

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Greens experienced a significant decline in the recent European elections, dropping from 71 to 53 seats
•  Despite this setback, they aim to influence the EU agenda, particularly if Ursula von der Leyen is reappointed as Commission President

🔭 The context: Since 2019, the EU has embraced a green agenda, including the Green Deal with over 60 legislative pieces targeting carbon neutrality by 2050
• However, recent electoral campaigns have shifted focus away from climate issues, and various political parties have altered their stance on the Green Deal, impacting the Greens' support

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The weakening of the Greens could hinder the advancement of robust environmental policies within the EU, particularly as other political groups retreat from their earlier commitments to the Green Deal

⏭️ What's next: The Greens will need to navigate the changing political landscape and seek alliances to maintain their influence on EU policies
• Von der Leyen’s potential reappointment could provide them with opportunities to advocate for their agenda

💬 One quote: "In 2024, part of the campaign was against climate," said Dutch Green MEP Bas Eickhout, reflecting the shift in electoral priorities

📈 One stat: The Greens' representation in the European Parliament has decreased from 71 to 53 seats

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