Everything about the political influence of the green parties in Europe – a comment by Kalina Oroshakov


Green policies and climate change issues are becoming increasingly important for politicians. But how do they find a place in politics? To what extent are the green parties represented in the governments of the continent and where do they have the greatest influence? These issues are important for the public because more and more people feel the impact of climate change in their daily lives, said Kalina Oroshakov. In the past, this was an abstract idea, but now we all see that the temperature is changing, the landscape around us is changing, and these changes are becoming important to voters. This can be seen everywhere. Green parties in western and northern countries, which are economically stronger, are more influential. In Eastern and Southern Europe, they are much less influential. At the same time, other parties in Europe are trying to „ride the green wave“ to expand their voter base. Some of the conservative major parties in Europe understand that they will lose votes if they do not have a position on „green policies“. In Germany, where the Greens are indeed a competitor of the ruling party, we see that the Conservative parties are looking for a new, green profile so that they can deal with the green issues, while still attracting their traditional base, said Kalina Oroshakov. This creates tension within the parties. Sociological research shows that support for the Greens in Germany is increasing. According to Kalina Oroshakov, the Greens are getting stronger and they can become a party that will win the chancellor’s seat in Germany. The point is that climate change and nature conservation must be turned into political parties and votes (during elections). At the same time, the green parties in Eastern Europe are also fighting corruption, for civil rights, so the political focus (in Eastern Europe) is a little different.