‘Green wave’ boosts hopes of stronger EU climate goals

Green parties across Europe have defied the pollsters and increased their share of the vote by some 38% to become the fourth largest group in the European Parliament

Green parties across Europe have defied the pollsters and increased their share of the vote by some 38% to become the fourth largest group in the European Parliament, according to preliminary results on Monday after four days of voting across the continent.

After garnering over 9% of the votes cast, their number of seats is set to rise from 52 to 69 amid a surge of support that was promptly dubbed a 'green wave'. In the UK, the Greens increased the number of MEPs from three to seven, winning seats across England. Significant gains were also made in a sweep of countries from Portugal to Ireland, and France to Finland.

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