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This week: Green gains at the European elections

Text by Eve IRVINE

Latest update : 2009-06-22

We look at the rise of the Green Party during the European elections. So is it the economic crisis, frustration with mainstream parties or a growing climate consciousness that has lead to this unexpected wave of support?

In this edition of Environment we visited the headquarters of Europe Ecologie, a coalition of Greens and ecologists that emerged as France's third most popular party during the recent European elections.

We took a closer look at the stance of Green Parties across Europe, to find out more about what they offer and what exactly makes a politican green.

A report from Brussels proves that Green definitions of differ from country to country, particularly when it comes to nuclear energy.

In many countries green gains could be put down to anger with the main parties. Environmental parties have often been critised for being too focused on nature and not enough on people's day to day economic realities.

In these elections, the head of ecologie europe Daniel Cohen Bendit, one of the leaders of the 1968 uprising in France, promised a Green New Deal that would make systems fairer and more environmentaly friendly.

So is it the economic crisis, frustration with the mainstream or a growing climate consciousness that has lead to the rise of the French Green Party?

Here in France, the Europe Ecologie party has united various Green leaders under one umbrella...politicans that in the past weren't always singing from the same hymn sheet have joined together to form one voice...

The tie up has worked on a national level but in Brussels it's not always easy to get green politicans from Europe's 27 member states to join in harmony.

Date created : 2009-06-13