June 24. 2024. 5:45

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Revealed: How your favourite EU party scored on critical issues  


As millions of voters prepare for the European Union (EU) parliamentary elections in June, ActionAid has launched a scorecard, spotlighting the critical issues voters need to interrogate based on the leading parties’ manifestos.

In its scorecard, ActionAid has analysed the manifestos of six EU parties participating in the June election: The Left, The Greens, Socialists & Democrats (S&D), Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), European People’s Party (EPP), and European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).

The manifestos have been scored against five issues that will be on the ballot — women’s rights, climate justice, global inequalities, migration, and the Gaza crisis. While The Greens scored well on issues such as global inequalities, climate justice and women’s rights, the EPP scored poorly on the same. The briefing also showed that all the parties lacked a comprehensive action plan to address the root causes of the Gaza crisis.

How the EU votes is not only crucial for its citizens but also a determinant of key issues in the global sphere.

Javier Garcia, ActionAid’s Head of Country Engagement and Transformation, said:

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On climate justice, the scorecard interrogates the parties’ plans for financing a just transition from fossil fuels and industrial agriculture. Despite the EU being the second largest contributor to global pollution, the research shows that the majority of the political parties’ plans are nowhere close to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Hamdi Benslama, ActionAid’s EU Advocacy Advisor, said:

In its assessment of the war on Gaza, ActionAid scores four of the contesting parties, namely EPP, S&D, ALDE and ECR, poorly. They fail to address critical issues such as calling for an immediate ceasefire, putting an end to war crimes, respect for the basic rights of Palestinians, and addressing the root causes of the war.

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