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Neubauer: Young voters were primarily influenced by the climate issue.

Despite the Greens' defeat in the European elections, the climate activist maintains a positive outlook due to the combined votes garnered by Volt and the Greens surpassing those of the AfD.

Climate activist Luisa Neubauer remains optimistic despite the Greens' losses in the European...
Climate activist Luisa Neubauer remains optimistic despite the Greens' losses in the European elections.

Upcoming European elections - Neubauer: Young voters were primarily influenced by the climate issue.

As stated by climate crusader Luisa Neubauer from the Fridays for Future group, environmental preservation still remains a significant priority for young voters - despite the slump in Green Party support among this demographic in the European polls.

"The most powerful faction among the youth electorate during this European election, despite the right-wing swing, was the climate agenda," Neubauer told the German Press Agency in Berlin. "Jointly, Volt and the Greens - the two parties that aggressively advocated for climate action - garnered more votes from individuals aged under 24 than the AfD."

This is noteworthy given "the widespread disregard for this urgent crisis by most parties and numerous media" during the campaign, Neubauer added. Civil society organizations had once managed to lower the inflated popularity of the AfD. The party had achieved over 20 percent in polls merely a few months ago.

However, she found it alarming that young people had voted en masse for the AfD. Fridays for Future had been sounding the alarm for months that the "TikTok right-wing populism" of mainstream parties would be downplayed. Commentators slammed Neubauer for stoking a "youth-bashing craze."

"The protection of climate security and democracy in Germany and Europe will be more vital than ever after this election," Neubauer reaffirmed. "But there's no reason to give in to the cynical notion that this is an unattainable objective."

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