STRASBOURG (Reuters) – Despite an unprecedented surge in the recent European Parliament elections, the Greens were overlooked for the legislature’s presidency and indeed for any of the bloc’s other top jobs.
The Greens tapped into growing public concerns over global climate risks to win 74 seats in the European Union legislature – up from 52 and their best showing yet.
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But a deal by the 28 EU leaders at a summit earlier this week saw all five top jobs go to other parties, including the parliament presidency to a socialist.
“This backroom stitch-up after days of talks is grotesque, it satisfies no one but party power games,” Ska Keller, co-leader of the Greens in parliament, said after days of wrangling among EU leaders over names for the biggest posts.
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“After such a high turnout in the European elections and a real mandate for change, this is not what European citizens deserve,” she added in a statement on Tuesday.
Now the fourth-largest EU political grouping, the Greens had focused on influencing policies on greenhouse emissions and rule of law rather than overtly chasing top jobs.
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But they had an eye on at least one of the parliament presidency’s two-and-a-half-year terms.
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