Right-wing populist parties with an aggressive climate-sceptic, anti-renewables or anti-wind agenda are rapidly gaining strength ahead of upcoming elections in three key European countries.

It may seem unlikely that Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and Frauke Petry will govern the Netherlands, France and Germany later this year — but opinion polls and media assumptions before the UK’s Brexit vote and the US presidential election also turned out to be wrong.

A victory at the polls by populists in Dutch parliamentary elections in March, the French presidential race in April and May, and German elections for a new Bundestag in September would not only shatter the European Union as we know it, but also be a devastating blow to green power globally.