The Greens in the 2014 European elections

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Abstract

Green parties entered the European election campaign of 2014 facing some major challenges. Austerity politics and the Euro crisis ensured that social and economic issues dominated the agenda and, with environmental topics marginalised, populist right-wing and Eurosceptic parties were expected to make big gains in many countries. The Greens had been boosted in 2009 by record results for French and German Greens, but neither was expected to do as well. Given the broadly unfavourable conditions, Green parties performed reasonably well (see Table 1). The European Green Party (EGP) won 38 seats in the European Parliament, compared with 46 in 2009. The Green Party-European Free Alliance (EFA) parliamentary group registered 50 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), including seven from various regional parties and five independents in 2014, compared with 55 in 2009.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-162
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Volume24
Issue number1
Early online date17 Dec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

Keywords

  • Green parties
  • European elections 2014
  • European politics

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