Environmental parties across western Europe were jubilant over “the Greta effect”, claiming that the Green wave was driven by young voters alarmed by failures of mainstream parties on climate issues. There were notable successes in Germany and France, helped by the campaign of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist who has been mobilising youngsters with her Fridays for Future demonstrations. In Germany the Greens doubled their vote, moving into second place. More people under 44 voted for the Greens than for Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance. In France the Greens came third and with smaller environmental groups totalled 16 per cent. In Britain the Green vote jumped from 7.8 per cent to 12 per cent and was higher than the Conservatives’. In Austria, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Luxembourg, environmental parties had at least 10 per cent.
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