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Climate activism propelled by Europe's green-minded voters

The left-leaning Greens’ young environmental supporters in the European Union's parliament shared a pro-E.U. sentiment.

Brussels scene during European elections.
Brussels scene during European elections. (AN/CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 – Source: EP)

BRUSSELS (AN) — Climate concerns have rarely if ever weighed heavily in any major election — until now, with Europe's Greens gaining influence from voters worried about the planet's health.

The left-leaning Greens gained 17 seats in European Parliament elections, making it the fourth-largest political party with 69 seats, provisional results showed on Monday. Its 2% gain now gives it 9% of the 751-seat parliament. The Greens surged to second place in Germany and third place in France.

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