European Green Party woos von der Leyen: We’re your only choice

By Louise Guillot | 06/14/2024 06:32 AM EDT

The Greens say the EU’s top executive needs them to form a pro-European coalition — and claim they’ll make it worth her while.

BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 06: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gestures as she speaks at a press conference at the European Delegation on April 6, 2023 in Beijing, China. Von Der Leyen is on a two-day official visit to China and earlier in the day met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Qiang and other senior Chinese government officials (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. AFP via Getty Images

BRUSSELS — Marriage is all about compromise, right?

The Greens say they’re willing to seal the deal with Ursula von der Leyen if it lures her away from the far right’s embrace. And they’re quick to add that the EU’s top executive may have no choice — if she’s serious about forming a sturdy, pro-European coalition to back her for a second term, that is.

That was the consistent message from the Greens on Wednesday as they gathered for their first group meeting after an EU election in which they shed European Parliament seats but retained enough leverage to influence coalition talks. As the numbers stand, if von der Leyen wants to craft a durable Parliament majority to back her as European Commission president, she has to look either left to the Greens or right to some Euroskeptic forces.


And the Greens have been at pains to tell the EU chief: We’re the safe partner you need.