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Green parties in Germany, France, Britain and elsewhere were celebrating big gains in elections for the bloc's 751-seat European Parliament amid growing voter concerns over climate change, expressed in large-scale student protests over recent months.
Provisional results Monday showed the left-leaning Greens' bloc coming fourth in the election with 69 seats, an increase of 17 compared with 2014. If confirmed, the results could put the Greens in a position to tip the scales when it comes to choosing the next head of the European Commission.
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"Whoever wants legitimacy from us and the legitimacy of the many who went onto the streets will need to deliver now," said Sven Giegold, a leading candidate for the German Green party that scooped up more than 20% of the vote nationwide, an increase of almost 10% compared with 2014.
Armin Laschet, the governor of Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Union bloc, called the outcome "a wake-up call for politics."
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The drift from the traditional heavyweight parties to the Greens in Germany was particularly pronounced in large cities such as Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, and among young voters, where the party beat its bigger rivals among all voters under 60.
In neighboring France, 25% of voters aged 18-25 voted for the Greens, compared with 15% for the far-right National Rally and 12% for President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move, according to the Ifop polling organization. Overall, the French green party EELV received almost...
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