Europe’s right-wing swing may stall energy transition momentum

Wind power stations of German utility RWE, one of Europe's biggest electricity companies, are pictured in front of RWE's brown coal fired power plants of Neurath near Jackerath, north-west of Cologne, Germany, March 18, 2022. [Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters]

Gains by right wing parties in the recent European Parliament elections may stall the development of a slew of renewable energy projects across Europe.

Populist, nationalist and euroskeptic parties are on course to win just under a quarter of seats in the next European Union (EU) assembly, according to the chamber's own projections.

And with nationalist prime ministers already leading Hungary, Italy and Slovakia, and right-wing parties gaining influence in Germany, France, Spain and The Netherlands, the tenor of Europe's political landscape looks set for an overhaul.

Spiraling living costs and concerns over rapid rises in immigration were major drivers of votes for right wing parties across the region, who will now help set European Union policies for the next five years.

Pushback against the mounting costs of the green energy transition was also a vote...

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