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EU election takeaways

Between May 23rd and 26th, the European Elections took place. In several countries, green parties performed better than expected and than in the past, in the midst of the growing global climate movement. Here are FYEG main takeaways on these elections.

For the first time for many years, the turnout for these European Elections was higher than the previous edition, reaching 50% for the first time in 20 years. This progress must not hide the fact that still too many people didn’t vote, either by lack of interest, lack of knowledge or because many people, including young people are still facing important obstacles to vote

These elections were climate elections. The strong climate movement and the conjunction of climate strikes, climate marches, civil disobedience movements and climate court trials managed to make the fight against climate change one of the main topics of the electoral campaign. Polls have shown that this concern was especially high for young voters.

The concern over climate change and the vote of young people are what we think have been the main drivers of the Green Wave that has spread across Europe. In several countries, green parties have achieved one of their best results ever. The Green wave especially hit the cities of Germany, Finland, Sweden, France, Belgium, Ireland, the UK, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark where Green parties scored more than 10%. The Greens-EFA group in the European Parliament will be stronger than ever with more than 75 MEPs, making it the fourth biggest group in the European Parliament.

This good results in mostly Western and Northern European Countries will not make us forget the more difficult situation in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe were Green Parties didn’t perform as well, where the Green proposals are even more needed. It will be important not to let this political gap between Europe’s center and peripheries grow bigger in the next year. will continue their work to bring the Green Wave in the rest of Europe, and find new solutions to local struggles.

The reinforced Green group gives us a great responsibility. While Europe is facing a climate, social, environmental and democratic emergency, Greens won’t sit still. We will work, together with the movements than brought us there, towards implementing the solutions we defended during the campaign. This is why Greens entered in negotiations with other political forces to make sure those are part of the EU priorities for the next five years. We will make sure that other parties that campaigned on those issues will also deliver!

This will only happen if we manage to maintain the pressure of citizens and movements, as institutional politics alone will not make that happen.

FYEG knows we will be able to count on a great number of Young Green MEPs, thanks to the election of seven people that were part of FYEG Young Candidates Platform (Rasmus Andresen, Micha Bloss, Magid Magid, Erik Marquardt, Terry Reintke, Kim van Sparrentak, Marie Toussaint) and few other young Green MEPs in Europe, with whom we are looking forward to work with.

During the last two years, FYEG and its member organisations have worked on making a European campaign. Thanks to the work of our Campaign Team, our office, the volunteers that supported us and the work of our Member Organisations, FYEG managed to organise a successful campaign. Throughout Europe, Young Greens campaigned on similar stories and campaign narratives, many of them shared the same visual identity, some organised cross-border actions, Young Candidates throughout Europe supported each other through hard and happy times. We are happy that this European-wide campaign was met by a European-wide success. We thank all of you for making that happen.

Let's keep fighting for a social, sustainable, and feminist Europe together! 

Be Brave, Green Europe!