Ska Keller and Bas Eickhout were appointed co-candidates of the Greens in November last year. Elected to the European Parliament for the first time at the young age of 27 in 2009, Keller was also her party’s frontrunner at the 2014 European elections. Since her re-election as MEP in those polls, the German politician has served as co-Chair of the Greens/EFA political group. Keller is known for her commitment to democracy and the fight against corruption. She believes being pro-European means “to fight tooth and nail against the attacks of the far-right” and has recently criticised the EPP for keeping Hungary’s Viktor Orban within the party. With the Greens expected to win just over 40 seats in the European Parliament, Keller and Eickhout’s chances of winning the coveted Commission Presidency are nil but the future President may well seek to adopt key parts of their manifesto in search of support.
Key policy priorities:
Fighting climate change by phasing out coal by 2030, ending fuel and nuclear subsidies, promoting energy efficiency and moving to 100% renewables. Measures include an EU carbon budget and a strong carbon floor price. The Greens also support increased taxation of flights to encourage train travel in Europe.
A Green New Deal comprising an independent EU authority to supervise the digital sector with a view to limiting the market power of multinationals, a common sustainable industrial policy and measures to ‘green’ manufacturing and finance.
Comprehensive tax reform including a digital tax in Europe and encouraging higher taxation of multinational businesses and wealthy individuals.
Guaranteeing decent minimum incomes via a minimum income directive.
Upholding the rule of law through a binding and comprehensive mechanism to regularly monitor the state of democracy in Member States and denying EU funds to national governments that break European rules.
The creation of European common standards and common rules for labour mobility and migration.
An environmental action programme including a ban or taxes on non-recyclable plastics and increasing recycling targets.