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The climate strikes and the EU elections campaign

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The climate strikes and the EU elections campaign

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Every Friday students are striking for more climate protection. Can this give the issue a more prominent role in the EU elections campaign?

The climate strikes and the EU elections campaign

With her school strike for the climate, sixteen-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg started a movement that has spread across Europe. The protests reached a peak on 15 March. Children and youths across the globe took part in demonstrations calling on politicians to do more to prevent global warming.

These young people have garnered much praise for their commitment in the press, and some politicians are also joining in. But criticism has also been voiced: the question of whether students should be allowed to miss school for the protests is a matter of fierce debate.

Environmental and climate protection is one of the main issues the EU should be focusing on, Eurobarometer surveys in many EU member states show. So are the Fridays for Future protests also making an impact in the campaign for the European elections? We put this question to our correspondents in Belgium, France, Germany and Sweden and they told us how they see the situation in their country.