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Green Party Lost Its Voice in Europe

by Oui Wed Jun 26th, 2024 at 06:07:37 PM EST


French conservatives blast von der Leyen's 'technocratic drift,' oppose re-election bid | 6 March 2024 |

Far right makes strong gains in EU elections as center holds majority | CNBC |

What's gone wrong for Europe's Greens as European elections near? | DW News |

EU elections in France: A historic score for the far right and a shock snap election | Le Monde |

No support for von der Leyen without invitation to grand coalition, Greens say | EuroNews |

The Greens will not back Ursula von der Leyen in her bid for a second term as European Commission president unless they are included in a broad, centrist coalition with her conservative European People's Party, group leaders have said while signalling they are ready to compromise on environmental goals.

"We think the only way to create a stable pro-European, pro-democracy and pro-Ukraine majority is by the four parties," said Greens/EFA group co-chair and joint candidate for the top post in the EU executive Bas Eickhout, while briefing reporters on Wednesday (12 June) ahead of a first post-election meeting in Brussels.

The Dutch lawmaker was listing the three conditions von der Leyen herself has laid down for groups that want to cooperate with the EPP, and for as yet unaligned MEPs who might want to join the group in the coming weeks.

Speaking on election night last Sunday after it became clear the EPP was going to remain the largest group in the parliament and even gain seats, von der Leyen immediately made overtures to the Socialists & Democrats and Renew, the latter liberal group having lost 23 of its 79 seats in a swing to the right.

Eickhout said he did not consider the omission of the Greens as a snub, noting that group chair Manfred Weber had also said that the search for a stable majority would begin with three-way talks. Von der Leyen could not rely on full support even within her own group, he said citing French and Slovenian MEPs.

"Our conclusion is very clear," Eickhout said. "The only way to create a stable majority is you need a fourth party, and the only party that can deliver on the three criteria that she herself defined...is us."

"We are willing to talk and we are willing to lend our support to her - if we are part of a coalition," Eickhout said.

The Center Holds: The European Election and its Impact on the European Union's Trade and Climate Policy Future | CSIS - 25 June 2024 |

The recent European parliamentary elections have brought despair for some and celebration for others after a substantial shift to the right shook the political foundations of the European Union. A stunning defeat of the Green Party, which had performed so well in the 2019 elections also shows European voters' declining enthusiasm for the Green Deal and other climate policies. With a potential second Trump presidency, accelerating economic competition with China, and the Russian security threat, questions remain regarding Europe's ability to maintain its unity in the face of such forces.

While the right-wing shift was predicted, its scope underscores significant changes in the European political landscape. Calls for reform of the European Union amid the rise of hard and "soft euroscepticism" drew even more attention to this year's elections. Fundamentally, the center right and far right achieved significant victories that will shape European policy for the coming five-year term.

Q1: Who are the winners and losers of the 2024 European Parliament elections?

A1: The first clear winner is Ursula von der Leyen's European People's Party (EPP), which has seen its strategy of leaning further right over the last two years succeed in fending off the looming wave of far-right sentiment across Europe. Von der Leyen defiantly declared that "the center is holding" to a room of reporters in Brussels after the first exit polls emerged. Despite predictions of a far-right landslide, a complete shake-up of the political landscape of the European Parliament did not come to pass, with the EPP and the Socialists and Democrats projected to gain 14 seats and lose 3 seats, respectively. Still, the shift to the right by the EPP was central to its success in remaining the largest party in the European Parliament, which potentially will put the party at odds with von der Leyen.

    Not a new strategy ... see the Dutch and 14 successful years with lying liar Mark Rutte ... the EU has been had.

This rift was visible, with EPP president Manfred Weber criticizing and promising to repeal the ban on the sale of internal combustion vehicles by 2035, which was proposed by von der Leyen and passed by the parliament only a year ago.

The far right also gained significant votes and seats, only seeing losses in a few countries (e.g., Finland, Sweden, and Poland). Significant victories in France, Germany, Austria, and Belgium have already led to domestic reverberations, with French president Macron calling for a snap election and Belgian prime minister De Croo resigning after his party's defeat in both domestic and European elections. These victories also show a marked shift in the rhetoric of the far-right members of parliament who demonstrate a focus on "soft Euroscepticism" and changing EU policy from within rather than any aspirations to mimic Brexit with a Frexit or Dexit.

LOTTAZ: Maybe we have an age issue here. I suppose we both are in our thirties. Right? In our late thirties? At least for myself.
BISOLETTI: I'm forty-two.
LOTTAZ: You are?! Ah, you're holding up very well.
BISOLETTI: Thank you for the compliment but I'm forty-two already.
LOTTAZ: Okay, but we are both from the eighties, right. So you are in the eighty-one. I'm from eighty-five, and we have grown up in the—I don't have any active memories of the cold war. And then we grew up. We were kidsduring this kind of period of hegemonic unipolarity, righ? We became politically, internationally politically aware, I would say, somewhere around nine-eleven, maybe a little bit before for you, for me around that time, you know, Yugoslavia. I only have faint memories, but nine-eleven, very strong. And then, from there on, we perceived what's happening internationally. And maybe the problem is that we only that period. Maybe it was just as bad before. Maybe it was just as crazy, but somehow, as a historian, I get this hunch that it wasn't the case. I really get the hunch that this time
is different?
We are in something in a new form of western, maybe of western version of what previously was something that would have happened in the Soviet Union, you know, and a moment when society starts to demand that eveybody march in lock-step.
by Cat on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 03:32:19 PM EST
Exactly ... dumb young whippersnappers ... apparently poorly educated ... the millennials generation ... suggest they enjoy 2 years of service in a country of the Global South. Grow-up young man. Looking at election results, the Z generation are suffering the consequences of Tory and Conservative politics ... kicking the can down the road.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 04:36:31 PM EST
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rumble. Zelensk*s new plan?, 3 July A/V (EN) 25 min feat. millennial Pascal Lottaz, assoc. prof. Kyoto U.
LAVELLE: Pascal, let me go to you here. We had a flurry of comments coming from the former president of Ukraine, Zelensk*. He's no longer legally the president even under the constitution of the country. But you know he's talking about he doesn't want a prolonged war, he doesn't want to have it last for years, looking for intermediaries, possibly another peace summit after the failed first one—which could include Russia—but at the same time he wants a no-fly zone over western Ukraine, obviously always asking for more aid, all kinds of aid, particularly financial aid. Ukraine is facing international default. In media it's very soon. Now, they're in very big financial troubles here. Is there an attempt to change the narrative? Is there an attempt to change course on how to end this conflict? How do you read it? Because it's kind of all over the place.
ChatGPT RBCukraine | Germany will not support ceasefire that aims for Ukraine's capitulation, 3 July: "In my opinion, a ceasefire that aims for Ukraine's capitulation is one that we cannot support from Germany," Scholz said.
dw | Scholz promises Germany won't be 'party' in Ukraine war, 3 July: "Yes, I give this guarantee," said the center-left Social Democrat politician, referring to his previous rejection of direct involvement. "As chancellor, I stand by that."
LOTTAZ: Honestly, like, when you reached out to me yesterday with that article, I tried to find the original source. I had trouble to locate it, and what I found was select—Mister Zelensk*s explanations of how they still want to defeat Russia and how the only right peace is a just peace, according to the Ukrainian peace formula, and that's something that he said two or three days ago. At the same time it is very much possible that this kind of talk from him, in this rhetorical shift from him, is also happening at the moment. With Mister Zelensk* I just don't know what is the case and who is currently in charge of what he is saying. He has been consistently talking out of both sides of his mouth, which is very different from what we have heard from Vladimir Putin.....
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 02:29:14 PM EST
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Italy's Meloni has a message for Brussels: I'm here! Von der Leyen welcomes Giorgia Meloni | 3 Nov 2022 |

One month ago before the vote ...

Analysis: Von der Leyen's electoral overture to Meloni could pay dividends - or totally backfire

How Italian media see von der Leyen's willingness to work with Meloni

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 07:31:33 PM EST
President von der Leyen has set up a geopolitical Commission underpinning the EU's role in the world as a promoter of freedom, democracy, and the rules-based order | March 2024 |

The EPP will only work with candidate EU Commission members who are devout :

Von der Leyen buries report slamming Italy as she seeks Meloni's vote

European Commission president trying not to stir the pot on media freedom, four officials said.

Ursula von der Leyen has sought to slow down an official European Union report criticizing Italy for eroding media freedoms, as she seeks Rome's support for a second term as European Commission president.

According to four officials, a Commission investigation highlights a clampdown on free media in Italy since far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni took office in 2022. The annual report assessing how EU countries respect the rule of law was expected to be approved on July 3 but would be delayed until the new Commission president is appointed, two officials said.

The delay is unusual and the risk for von der Leyen is it will seem politically motivated: She is currently seeking the support of EU leaders like Meloni for her bid to secure a second five-year term running the bloc's executive.

Charting the Radical Right's Influence on EU Foreign Policy

Social-democracy of the "Left" is gone forever in the EU.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 04:18:45 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 04:23:29 AM EST
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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni slammed backdoor deals on EU top jobs and said it was "surreal" the opinions of European voters were not taken into account.

"There are those who argue that citizens are not wise enough to take certain decisions and that oligarchy is the only acceptable form of democracy, but I disagree," Meloni said as she addressed the Italian parliament Wednesday morning.

She was speaking one day after six EU leaders from centrist parties announced that Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, Portugal's António Costa, and Estonia's Kaja Kallas should get the most senior positions at the European Commission, European Council and foreign policy service, respectively.

(Her right-wing ECR group is now stronger than Macron's Renew group)

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 04:28:14 AM EST
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