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How a backlash against climate action is reshaping Europe’s election

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🗞️ Driving the news: Rising costs and political shifts are fueling a backlash against climate policies in Europe, influencing the upcoming European parliamentary elections and challenging the region's green agenda

🔭 The context: Over the past five years, the EU has aimed to lead global climate action, setting ambitious emission reduction targets and transitioning to clean energy
• However, recent events such as the pandemic, inflation, and the Ukraine war have complicated these efforts, sparking discontent among voters

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Europe's position as a major historical polluter makes its climate policies crucial
•  A shift away from aggressive climate action could hinder global efforts to combat climate change, affecting international climate goals

⏭️ What's next: The election results will impact the EU's future climate policies, including the 2040 emissions targets and the 2035 ban on new gas-guzzling cars
• The political landscape will determine the extent to which climate action can be sustained or scaled back

💬 One quote: "The gains of the last five years cannot be taken for granted," warns Laurence Tubiana, head of the European Climate Foundation

📈 One stat: In the 2019 elections, the European Greens secured 10% of the seats in the 705-member parliament

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