This year, together with our 33 member parties in the European Union, the European Greens will run the third common European electoral campaign. With the campaign claim “Change Europe, vote Green,” we will demonstrate our vision to change Europe for the better and put it on a sustainable path. The campaign, which we will kick off at our Electoral Convention on Saturday 22 February, will be built on participation, transnationalisation, our Common Manifesto and personalisation. Our two leading candidates, Ska Keller and José Bové, will be the faces and the voices of our campaign and support our member parties across Europe.
Ska Keller (Germany) and José Bové (France) have been selected to lead the Greens in their upcoming European campaign. The two are the winners of the historic Green Primary, the first ever Europe-wide open online process to select leading candidates for the European elections. Ska Keller and José Bové will be the figureheads of the third common Green European campaign, and lead the united Green parties of Europe in spreading the message that we can and will bring the change that EU so desperately needs.
At 11h00 CET tomorrow, we will announce our two leading candidates for the upcoming Green European election campaign. This duo will head our campaign across the EU, and present our vision for Europe's future. Europe needs Green change, and the change we will bring is a more sustainable, fairer and democratic EU.
The four contenders in the Green Primary will be taking part in two separate debates this week, in Rome and Paris. The Rome debate, hosted by Green Italia – Verdi will take place on Monday 20 January. The Paris debate, hosted by Europe Écologie - Les Verts will take place the next day, on Tuesday 21 January.
As populist parties push an anti-immigration, anti-European, eurosceptic message, along with driving the reemergence of nationalism across Europe, these Green Primary debates are a vital opportunity to show that the Greens reject this philosophy and have a better, more coherent and inclusive vision for Europe's future. Europe isn't just a group of separate nations - We Are Europe.
On Wednesday 15 January, we held our third live chat with one of our Green Primary contenders. This time Monica Frassoni was the person behind the keyboard, answering questions from all four corners of Europe: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Monica's home country of Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, and Spain. Both the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom were well represented, reflecting the debates that we'll be holding there on Friday 17 January (Prague) and Saturday 18 January (London) – you can find out more about those debates here.
The four contenders in the Green Primary will be taking part in two separate debates this week, in Prague and London. The Prague debate, hosted by the Czech Green party Strana zelených will take place on Friday 17 January. The London debate, hosted by the Green Party of England and Wales, will take place the next day, on Saturday 18 January.
The four Green Primary contenders are debating across Europe, to make sure people make an informed decision when they vote. The 5th debate took place in Berlin on January 10 was the 5th, with five more primary debates to go until the eventual winners emerge as the Green Leading Candidates.
At the Green Primary debate in Madrid on Wednesday December 18, Jose Bove, Monica Frassoni, Rebecca Harms and Ska Keller launched a pleas for more solidarity in Europe, and an end to austerity that has had a devastating effect on countries in Southern Europe.
On Sunday 15 December, the first Scandanavian Green Primary debate was held in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was watched by a live audience of enthusiastic Young Swedish Greens. This was a unique event where Contenders also debated three European candidates from Miljöpartiet de gröna, the Swedish Green party.