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The Green European Fights

The Green European Fights

Benoit Lechat

Benoit Lechat

Volume 8 / 30/04/14

The eighth edition of the Green European Journal takes a look at the state of the EU on the eve of Parliamentary elections. One of the primary conclusions of the past five years is that the days of “easy politics” are gone, we have moved to an era of “hard politics.”

The World Cup Must Be Sustainable – But This Is Mostly Rhetoric

The World Cup Must Be Sustainable – But This Is Mostly Rhetoric

Initiatives such as the Agenda for a Sustainable World Cup and the “Green Goal” program aim to reduce carbon emissions at this summer’s event, yet serious questions remain as to whether they promote genuine sustainability and benefits for the population in Brazil.

The role of political foundations in the reinvention of French democracy

The role of political foundations in the reinvention of French democracy

Are political parties still capable of integrating the long term into their strategic reflections? This crucial question for ecologists has particular relevance in France.

A missed opportunity: media reporting of the European elections

Laura Martin Martorell / In the debate / 17/07/14

Voter abstention and the success of anti-Europe parties were two key trends of the 2014 European elections. Since the first direct elections for the European Parliament, a reciprocal relationship has emerged that affects the commitments of politicians, the media, and the. This prompts the question to what extent the media have influenced the events of 2014.

The “Podemos effect”

Paula V. Espinosa Giménez / In the debate / 16/07/14

Translations: ES |

Spanish voters punish mainstream parties to make way for new political groups with alternative proposals.

A vicious circle of disinterest in European elections

Oľga Gyárfášová / In the debate / 01/07/14

Translations: DE |

In the recent European elections, Slovakia saw participation plummet to new lows. Yet the combination of this abstention with general satisfaction towards EU membership gives rise to a curious paradox, in which voter behaviour today continues to be affected by historical memory and many other complex factors.

Asterix's village: France after the European elections

Benjamin Korn / In the debate / 01/07/14

Translations: DE |

A quarter of the French electorate supported the far-right Front National at the last European elections. Yet the party's political programme remains founded on the same illusions and scapegoating, only with a new, softer and more media-savvy face.

Soma Disaster: the Fall of the Turkish Economic Growth Model

Ahmet Atil Asici / In the debate / 24/06/14

Considering the current attitude of the Turkish government which regards regulations as hurdles reducing economic growth, the recent Soma mining accident should not have come as a surprise. From both economic and ecological points of view, the Turkish economic growth trajectory is not sustainable and should be changed.

10 propositions regarding the European elections of 2014

Bastian Hermisson / In the debate / 12/06/14

Translations: DE |

From the European elections of last month, a number of overarching trends can be identified among voters' choices and behaviour. Although voting patterns varied between countries, a number of broad conclusions can be drawn which give some indication of the form the next Parliament is likely to take, and some of the key challenges it will face.

Spain: the European elections from a Green perspective

Adrià Belenguer Soria / In the debate / 05/06/14

Translations: ES |

The Green Party in the European Parliament is set to count more than one MEP from Spain. In addition, Spain will be the southern European country with the most representatives in the Greens/EFA parliamentary group. This is good news, but there is still a long way to go to gather electoral support on the same scale as Greens in some other European countries.

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