Ever since we announced the Green Primary in May last year, the media have been fast to pay attention to this ambitious experiment in European democracy. And, they've been writing about us ever since. Here's a short selection of some of the most coverage!
Here's a quick selection of fresh news from major media outlets from the last few days:
EurActiv report that the EGP has announced the four contenders who will take part in the Green Primary at the Autumn Council. French MEP José Bové, Italian Co-Chair of the European Green Party Monica Frassoni, German MEP and Co-Chair of the Greens-EFA group in the European Parliament Rebecca Harms and German MEP Ska Keller had gained enough support from member parties to enter the contest. The leading Brussels-based news site quotes EGP Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer saying “No party has ever engaged in this kinds of process at a European level.” A few weeks ago, EurActiv also described the Green Primary as the most innovative and democratic way to select leading candidates.
Italian news agency ASCA mentions that the online vote starts on Sunday and lasts until the end of January, when the Green’s third common European campaign will kick off. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung pointed out that while the socialist candidate was chosen in the traditional way by party leaders, the European Greens are running an open primary, similar to the American example. Neue Zuricher Zeitung says that despite skepticism in certain EU countries, most European political families are sticking to their usual plan for selecting their leading candidates. But, the Greens are busy organising their Green Primary on the Internet.
In its recent article in Le Monde focused on how the different political families are trying to prepare for the upcoming European elections in May 2014. While the nomination of a leading candidate has divided the European People's Party and no decision will be taken until March, the Greens already well ahead. In its analysis about the race to appoint candidates, Spanish newspaper El Pais claims that among those who are likely to climb to the presidency of the Commission, the Greens are going forward fast. We're launching the Green Primary on Sunday.
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