Hazel Chu became the first Green party Lord Mayor of Dublin:
In June 2020, Green party councilor Hazel Chu was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin. She became the first Lord Mayor of Dublin from the Green Party since John Gormley held the title in 1994. Born in Ireland to parents from Hong Kong, Chu is the first elected councilor of Chinese heritage in The Republic of Ireland. Ms. Chu studied history and politics at University College Dublin and graduated from King’s Inns, but to date has not practiced as a barrister.
In a speech after her election, Chu said she would use the position to have “an open and frank conversation on the topic of racism and gender inequality.” She added that it is not enough to be “not racist, but we must be anti-racist”.
In a tweet after her election, Chu invited her followers to join her celebrating “our communities and all those in it”:
Read a full article on Chu’s election here
Greens score gains in France’s municipal elections
In June 2020, the Green party of France, Europe Écologie Les Verts (EELV) and its left-wing allies made significant gains in the second round of local elections. Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, and Besançon all voted for the Green party. Hidalgo, a Socialist, who is supported by EELV and the Communists, made tackling climate change and pollution the key element of her election program. After her victory was announced, Hidalgo, in charge at City Hall for the last six years, said voters had chosen to make Paris more “ecological, social and humanist”. In addition, the EELV candidate won Lyon, France’s third-largest city. Bordeaux, a bastion of the center-right, was also taken by the ecologists, as were Strasbourg, Besançon, Poitiers, Annecy, and Tours.
Read more on the EELV’s win here.
A Green Wave hits the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia
The German Greens of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia scored significant results in the municipal elections of the state. The Greens secured 20% of the votes and scored an 8.3% increase from the last elections. The Greens held major wins among some of the largest cities in the state: Aachen, Bonn, and Cologne. The elections showed promising results for the Greens, where young people aged 16 to 24 trusted the Greens with their vote more than any other party.
Read the comments of Thomas Waitz and Evelyne Huytebroeck, co-chairs of the European Green Party on the win and the full announcement on the European Greens official website
Croatian Green Left Coalition Enters the Parliament for the First Time
In July 2020, the Croatian Green left coalition – Zeleno–lijeva koalicija including EGP candidate member ORaH – entered the Croatian parliament for the first time, after remarkably securing seven seats. The coalition did particularly well in Zagreb, where it gained over 20% of the votes.
Read the full announcement and comments of Thomas Waitz, co-chair of the European Green Party and MEP, and Tomislav Tomasevic, top candidate of the Green left coalition and leader of party Mozemo, on the European Greens’ website here.
The French Green Party Europe Écologie-Les Verts Elects 6 New Senators to the French Senate:
In September 2020, the European Green party officially congratulated the Europe Écologie-Les Verts party for electing six new senators to the French Senate. Growing public concerns about climate change in France helped the Green party win votes in the 2020 municipal elections. French Green party officials said that they had won enough seats to form an official voting group in the upper house. The party had just four senators in the outgoing Senate. However, it was reported, after the elections, that it had at least 11, above the 10 needed to form a group.
Senators serve six-year terms, and elections are held every three years for roughly half of the chamber.
Read more about the French senates elections by clicking on this link.
Green party Member Petra de Sutter Becomes Deputy Prime Minister in Belgium
On October 1st, 2020, Petra de Sutter was sworn in as deputy prime minister in Belgium’s new government, becoming the most senior trans politician in Europe. De Sutter, a gynecologist and Green party member of the European Parliament, turned out to be one of seven deputy prime ministers in Belgium’s coalition government, ending nearly two years without a fully formed government. De Sutter, who is also minister for public service and public enterprises, was elected to the European Parliament in 2019, representing the Flemish Green party, Groen. Before that, she served as a senator for the Groen party in Belgium’s upper house of parliament for five years from 2014 to 2019.
After her appointment, de Sutter announced on Twitter that she is: “Incredibly grateful for the trust I have received from my party. Last night, alongside 1
,000 other members, I gave the green light for the new government.” Adding that:
“Now, with that government, I can do what is necessary to relaunch our country and work on a new future for all Belgians,”.
In another tweet, she hoped that her appointment as a PM in Belgium would trigger debates in countries where gender identity could be an issue for individuals and define who they are.
De Sutter is a professor of gynecology, specializing in fertility, at the University of Ghent. She is a vocal advocate for trans rights and reproductive rights and has spoken openly about her own experiences of being a trans woman. Read a full article about this here.