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Bas Eickhout gets a lot of love in Maastricht ☮️

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands -- For the Greens, it felt just like 2019. 
After months of Brussels kowtowing to farmers over the Continent's green future, the EU's presidential hopefuls  -- including current European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen -- were confronted by a debate audience of university students in Maastricht on Monday evening. 

And the Greens' lead candidate Bas Eickhout, a Dutchman, reveled in the adulation of what he told reporters in the pub afterwards felt like a home crowd.

"It's because of you that Europe acted on the Green Deal," said Eickhout, imploring the young audience to vote in June. Then he rounded on von der Leyen, accusing her of dumping her mission halfway through. "We are now at the crossroad of continuing the Green Deal or going back to a fossil standstill."

For many younger people, climate change still looms large. Eickhout, who repeatedly received the loudest applause, won a poll taken in the room and online for the preferred next Commission boss. The students of the university shaped the debate, which was co-hosted by POLITICO, by choosing climate change as the opening topic. 

Von der Leyen tried to convince the audience, many of whom will be voting for the first time in June's election, that she is the real thing on climate change. 


Eickhout's attacks were focused on von der Leyen's center-right European People's Party, which has driven a series of green policy walkbacks in recent months. Most notably they rebelled against her landmark legislative proposal to restore 20 percent of the EU's landmass and waters. 

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