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European Greens announce innovative and ambitious plans for an open online primary

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Greens to re-energise European democracy with open online primaries

Every Green party member or sympathiser in Europe over the age of 16, will be given a direct say in selecting the two leading Green candidates for the 2014 European parliament elections. The European Green Party have announced innovative and ambitious plans for an open online primary. The two leading candidates will serve as the faces of the third common European Green campaign since 2004.

"We want to create a common European political space where important decisions are not only discussed within the confines of national debates but on an open democratic European stage.""We want to create a common European political space where important decisions are not only discussed within the confines of national debates but on an open democratic European stage."
According to Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni, EGP co-Chairs:

“We Greens want to send two important political messages through our decision for an open primary. We want to give European citizens a greater say. And by doing that, help to reduce the gap between the citizens and the institutions that we are all aware of. Second, we want to create a common European political space where important decisions are not only discussed within the confines of national debates but on an open democratic European stage."

 


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Dietmar Ferger

About 2 years ago

Basically, it is a popular idea to let everybody give an opinion. 

Nevertheless, I would suggest it would be appropriate that only GREEN PARTY MEMBERS have the right to give a binding vote, otherwise the result cannot be trusted.

So, please differentiate between giving an opinion (which is not binding, everybody can give an opinion) and voting (where the result is binding and the elected person will be the leading candidate - this should be reserved for Green Party members).

Regards

Dietmar

Loerrach, Germany

Darrin Green

About 2 years ago

I agrre with Dietmar.  If this vote were to be opened up to non-party members, it would diminish the value of membership.  Part of the point of having membership is to do things like vote within the party, therefore it should be party members only that can decide on the future direction of the party.  This needs clarifying.

Regards

Darrin Green

Sussex, England

scammo

About 2 years ago

Why are only people over 16 years allowed to vote? Imho people under 16 should get the possibilty to vote.

Julien-223

About 2 years ago

Wonderful decision, congratulation to EGP! I might consider joining :)

 

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Yoav Shemer Kunz

About 2 years ago

Dietmar,

The idea was exactly to open-up the primaries to civil soicety and new voters, and not to limit only to party members. These newcomers might eventually join their Green parties. Anyway, your proposition was discussed during the EGP council and did not find enough supporters. 

Best regards, 

Yoav Shemer-Kunz

Individial Supporters' Network (ISN), coordinator

François

About 2 years ago

Quite a good decision ! It's exactly what we need to overcome classical and so damaging nationalisms...even located in our national green parties. European citizenship will then appear really useful to citizens, who largely need to feel equals between them. If we succeed to appear as the very first paneuropean party, we will be much more trustful than ever expected, because it's exactly the right political level people want to be served with, participate to, not to be enslaved by.

Where and when will the candidates promote their CVs and ideas to change Europe ? I would enjoy to make an event in Bordeaux with that, enlight this through medias  : will they be OK to come here ? Do they plan a European tour ?

Yoav : are you in charge of it ?

Best regards

François Dupont

Commission Europe Aquitaine

 

 

james?

About 1 year ago

considering i as a green party member have only just found out about this then i think the idea of using it to atract members of civil society to become involved may be premature.

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