Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Terry Reintke and Bas Eickout are the Greens’ European candidates in the June election

The European Green Party already has the names of two candidates who will represent it in the upcoming EU elections throughout June: Terry Reintke and Bas Eickout. MEPs from Germany and Holland, in fact, were elected this Saturday as top candidates in the congress held by the party this weekend in Lyon (France). After achieving their best election results five years ago and having representation in the governments of seven European countries, the Greens are facing a complex campaign in which the polls show that they are losing.

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Reintke was elected with 197 votes from the delegates (55.2%) compared to two other female candidates (the Latvian Elina Pinto, who got 24.6% of the votes, and the Italian Benedetta Scuderi, who remained at 20.2%). In the second vote, Eickout, who is top candidates? Together with Ska Keller, he defeated two opponents with 57% of the votes.

In his speech before the plenary session, the German asked his party not to resign itself to the development of the extreme right, which will significantly increase its presence in the European Parliament, according to all surveys. “There is a threat; we cannot deny it. If we stop and think that this will happen anyway, we will lose; but if we stand up against the far right, we can turn it around and regain momentum,” Reintke encouraged.

“This is a difficult campaign where the extreme right will go with a message of hatred and exclusion and liberal democracies will be challenged,” he prepared his people. “I am proud to be part of a family that will fight . for a green deal.””.

The start signal of the green campaign took place at a time when agrarian protests increased throughout the continent, mostly coinciding with electoral processes, and that the ‘green agenda’ linked to the regulatory machinery during this mandate was in danger. This is the “elephant in the room,” as Thomas Waitz, one of the leaders of the European Green Party, described it on Friday afternoon.

The European Commission has begun to make movements with farmers, who brought their ‘tractor’ to Brussels on Thursday, in conjunction with the summit of EU leaders. After the meeting, the president, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Belgian president, Alexander de Croo, met with representatives of the protesters and committed to reducing the administrative burdens in the sector. However, what they demand is a paralysis of the regulation of the European Green Deal, in which the EU seeks to achieve the goal of climate neutrality in 2050. Many European leaders and the Popular Party are betting on this moratorium.

“This is a legitimate protest against the structural problems that they suffer, such as climate change, drought, or inflation, but we cannot allow these legitimate claims to be a monopoly of rights and more rights of one hostile environmental law. This is a serious mistake, because these regulations are what give a horizon to the future and hope,” the candidate of Verdes Equo, Florent Marcellesi, told elDiario.es. “It is necessary that we blame and hold accountable the disproportionate power of agroindustries, big retailers, which leave farmers with pitiful wages, and free trade agreements. We must commit to a deep reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the spirit of an ecological and fair transition in the countryside that protects farmers and guarantees a healthy diet.

Verdes Equo and Catalunya en Común are the two Spanish forces that are part of the European Green Party and await negotiations for the formation of Sumar’s candidacy, aiming to include Más País and Compromís, in addition to Izquierda Unida.

The Minister of Culture, Ernest Urtasun, who is Sumar’s spokesperson but who is part of the European Green Party regularly, intervened in the plenary session, as did other members of the national government. “The European Green Deal is under attack,” Urtasun said of the “threat from reactionary forces.” But he also criticized the social Democrats for not defending him as much as they should. Therefore, he openly criticized Pedro Sánchez’s decision to expand the Madrid-Barajas airport, which he considered “inconsistent” with an ecologically responsible policy. Although he acknowledged that it was “not always easy” to manage with the socialists, he was proud of the coalition government’s management and gave credit to Sumar’s actions.

He also hailed the Greens at a time when they were in danger of losing representation. “When we started the Sumar adventure, everyone had the impression that the right would win. “Everyone told me: you’re next,” he declared, leaving a “strong Spanish lesson” on the lectern. -organize us, we can leave the right of the government. We need to get the Greens to form a progressive majority in the European Parliament,” he said about the upcoming elections, where the extreme right will increase its representation and the three majority forces (EPP, S&D, and Renew) intend to repeat their alliance.

“We are ready to go to negotiations and be part of the majority,” said Reintke in a subsequent press conference, where he expressed confidence in getting better results than what is currently shown in the polls. That, he explained, already happened in 2019, when the Greens got their largest parliamentary group. In addition, he recalled that in recent times, they have “welcomed” many new parties. This morning approved the inclusion of Croatian Mošemo! and the Lithuanian Union of Democrats, which includes the current Environment Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius, who is an environmentalist and conservative.

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