On November 7, 2017, members of our pan-European Spring movement decided to establish ‘electoral wings’ that would allow us to contest elections across Europe. And next week, on June 2, we will be unveiling our German ‘electoral wing’: Over 120 DiEMers will come together in Frankfurt to activate the political party that will enable them to take the German branch of our movement to the 2019 European Parliament elections.
Our ‘electoral wing’ is but another tool in our bid to repair and rebuild our Union by taking our policy proposals to ballot boxes at local, regional, national and European levels. Thus, this electoral effort is “not just another political party“, but another way for us to take our movement’s sound policy instruments in a way for political content and ideals to take part in the arena of European politics.
Why now? On 7 February 2018, the European Parliament rejected a proposal to amend the EU’s electoral law and prevented the introduction of so-called “transnational lists”. However, for the 2019 European elections, DiEM25 will bring a transnational electoral option to the polls thorough “European Spring” – a partnership of progressive political forces from across the continent presenting a common agenda for Europe – including DiEM25’s own ‘electoral wings’, like MeRA25, our political party in Greece.
The upcoming inaugural meeting in Frankfurt on Main aims at accomplishing three important milestones: (i) decide the name of the legal association that will make our German ‘electoral wing’ a reality, and for which numerous proposals have been submitted by the membership and are currently being voted by DiEMers everywhere; (ii) to comply with the legal formalities, and (iii) to agree on the association’s statutes, which are also being voted by DiEM25’s entire membership.
Ultimately, a board responsible for organizing and steering our German ‘electoral wing’ will be elected, so that on 26 May 2019, another DiEM25 voice will play in the European concert.
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