With just four months until the 2014 European Parliament elections in May, the campaign for the next President of the European Commission is beginning! For the first time, the largest European political parties will be putting forward their candidates for Commission President ahead of the elections, so voters will get a chance to consider their preferred candidate. So far, Martin Schulz, a German MEP and the current President of the European Parliament, has emerged as the Social Democrats (PES) candidate whilst Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian MEP and leader of the liberal ALDE group, is almost certain to be nominated by the Liberal Democrats (ALDE). The Centre-Right (EPP) candidate is still something of a mystery, but the Greens‘ candidate is being chosen right now by voters online.
Last November, the European Green Party launched an online “Green Primary” to select their two leading candidates. Anyone in the EU aged 16 or over who “supports Green values” can vote in the open primary – registering their vote on http://greenprimary.eu for the candidate they support. Voting will close on Tuesday 28 January. The two candidates with the most votes will then officially be put forward by the Greens, taking part in TV debates with candidates for European Commission President from the other European political parties.
The final online hangout between the Green Primary candidates took place on Monday 27 January and Debating Europe covered it LIVE. Three of our partner organisations – AEGEE Europe, JEF Europe and OneEurope – also took part in the hangout asking questions from their members.
There were several ways to ask a question to the contenders:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tweet with #GreenPrimary, #AskJose, #AskMonica, #AskRebecca, #AskSka
- Add your comment below!
The full video recording of the debate is available here: