In 2014 the European Union introduced the Spitzenkandidaten system with primary elections for the first time at the European level. Each party put forward one candidate who would become the new President of the European Commission should they win the most votes.
The appointment of Mr. Juncker as the new European Commission President confirmed that these innovations mattered and is a step closer towards European democracy. With lessons from the 2014 campaigns still fresh in peoples’ minds, this is the perfect time to start the discussions within and among European political parties on how we could improve the system for the European elections in 2019.
On Thursday, 28th May 2015, I will moderate a debate with the leading European Political Parties. The main focus will be the ideas regarding the European primary elections ahead of the next round in 2019. The purpose of this roundtable is to analyse the impact of the Spitzenkandidaten system in the 2014 elections and to discuss how political parties foresee their EU primaries in 2019.
With this occasion I will present a short overview of what the impact of the 2014 primary elections has been.
The presentation is already available here:
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