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Greens to back Ursula von der Leyen if she revives climate policies

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Greens in the European Parliament are poised to support Ursula von der Leyen’s re-election as European Commission president if she revives climate policies, particularly the Green Deal aimed at achieving net zero emissions by 2050

🔭 The context: Von der Leyen’s Green Deal faced setbacks due to farmer protests, inflation, and high energy costs, which right-wing parties used as campaign points against it
• The Greens' leverage in von der Leyen’s narrow parliamentary majority creates an opportunity to push for the continuation of these climate initiatives

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Reviving the Green Deal is crucial for Europe’s leadership in combating climate change, as the continent has been warming twice as fast as the global average
• Maintaining and advancing these policies is essential for long-term environmental sustainability

⏭️ What's next: Negotiations will determine whether von der Leyen secures Green support by committing to the Green Deal
• The outcome could influence the future of European climate policy and the continent’s ability to meet its emission reduction targets

💬 One quote: "We have presented our vision . . . to make sure that our industry in Europe can be part of the green transition," said Bas Eickhout, the Greens co-lead candidate

📈 One stat: The Green Party secured 53 seats in the 722-member European Parliament, a decrease from the 74 seats won in the 2019 elections

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