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.
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."