Europe is Going Green?

All of Europe is voting for MEP's (Members of the European Parliament) this weekend. They vote over a period of four days. Results will be announced Sunday night.

But the UK also held local (city council) elections yesterday:

Two outcomes of those elections are especially of interest for us. First of all the Green Party increased its share of the vote: "The Green Party performed moderately well in the local elections with an average 9% share of the vote in wards where it stood, adding 17 councillors."

Also: Even though the UK has a winner-take-all system like we have in the U.S. and used to be essentially a two-party system, there are now five significant parties: Labour, Conservative, UKIP, Liberal Democratic, and Green. This is similar to a recent dynamic in Canada. They also have a winner-take-all system and their politics used to be dominated by the Conservatives and Liberals, but now they have three major parties and two minor parties.

I think at this point the U.S. may be the only major democracy left with an only-two-significant-parties system.


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