Four contenders to run
Today, the European Green Party has launched the Green Primary to select its two leading candidates for next year's European election. From now until January 28, anyone in the EU aged 16 or over who supports Green values can participate. You can find out how on greenprimary.eu
We proudly present the Green Primary as a novel and innovative experiment in participatory European democracy. Greens want to reinvigorate European democracy. With the Green Primary, we not talk the talk, but also walk the walk. At today’s launch, the EGP presented the four contenders that will run in the Green Primary: José Bové from France, Monica Frassoni from Italy, Rebecca Harms from Germany, and Ska Keller who was nominated by the Federation of Young European Greens.
16 year old Molly McKeagney from the green isle, Ireland, was the first to cast her vote in front of an audience from across Europe. The four contenders will take part in debates in cities across Europe and online hangouts, to make sure that people casting their vote can make an informed decision. The winners will be the hearts and faces of the European Green family in the 2014 European election campaign.
Commenting on the launch, EGP Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer MEP said: “This is an important step in European democracy. Amidst the declining trust in EU institutions, we need new ideas. The Greens are the first to invite citizens to select our two leading candidates in an open Europe-wide online primary. Our innovative e-democracy project promotes the idea of giving Europe back to the people. Greens don't just talk about more participation and democracy, we’re living it! We want every European with a Green heart to help us chose who leads our campaign for the European Elections.” Find more information about the Green Primary and our contenders here.