GroenLinks, the Dutch Green Party, earned 6.6% of the vote in the Netherlands’ parliamentary elections on June 9, increasing their share of seats in parliament from 7 to 10.
In Belgian elections on June 13, the Green Party of Flanders, Groen!, earned 7% of the vote to grow from 4 seats to 5. The Green Party of Wallonia, Ecolo, remained at 8 seats with 12.3%. Altogether, the Belgian Greens managed to consolidate their position despite an election that was polarized between parties of Flemish separatists and French-speaking socialists.
Spiegel Online reports on the growth of the Green Party in Germany at the expense of the Social Democrats. According to Spiegel, the Greens and Social Democrats are struggling for the “New Center” in German politics. In a quote that could apply to some US cities, Spiegel writes
In many major cities, it has already risen to become the second-biggest political party.
The article also covers the German Green Party’s efforts to connect with voters via their own Internet radio station.
In what may be the most telling quote, a German voter addresses the current financial problems, and the traditional party approach.
“There’s not so much money left, so it needs to be spent intelligently,” says Katharina Blumenstock, a gynecologist in Cologne. “The development of electric cars is more important to me than the Opel bailout. We need to invest in the future.” She says she trust the Greens most to find the right path out of the current financial and economic crisis.
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