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And very informative too. It will take me a while to get through the sources listed. I'm surprised only candidates from 3 member states have been nominated, although the Irish Greens have almost imploded after their disastrous participation in the last Fianna Fail government.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 11th, 2013 at 07:46:32 PM EST
Since a candidate first must get nominated by a member party, and then get backing from four member parties, it is possible that other candidates has considered it, but not thought they had the support needed and in the end did not run. Otherwise, I would expect there to be some that did not reach the needed support.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Nov 12th, 2013 at 10:54:17 AM EST
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I find it interesting that there is only the one male nominee. Probably this means that Bové is seen as a natural and consensual choice.

I had doubts as to how he would "perform" at EU level, especially after his ill-advised presidential run in 2007. But by all accounts he's been a hard worker and very effective networker, finding common ground with MEPs from other groups.

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by eurogreen on Tue Nov 12th, 2013 at 11:14:16 AM EST
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I find it interesting that there is only the one male nominee. Probably this means that Bové is seen as a natural and consensual choice.
Meaning, were it not for Bové there would be none?

What are other potential candidates? Daniel Cohn-Bendit?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 12th, 2013 at 11:19:36 AM EST
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No, meaning that other male candidates would have come forward if Bové hadn't, but chose not to run against him.

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by eurogreen on Tue Nov 12th, 2013 at 11:46:00 AM EST
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Aha, there was other candidates!

Green Primary: the second internal phase has begun! | European Greens

Six candidates have presented themselves to become a Green Leading Candidate in the Green Primary, that we are organising as European Greens: five of them nominated by their Green party, one by the Federation of Young European Greens.

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Thank you Jose Bove, Monica Frassoni, Rebecca Harms, Ska Keller, Ulrike Lunacek and Jolanda Verburg.

Ulrike Lunacek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

She is head of delegation of the Austrian Greens in the European Parliament, European spokesperson of the Austrian Greens, vice-president and foreign affairs spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, Kosovo-Rapporteur and co-president of the Intergroup on LGBT Rights. Lunacek was the frontrunner of the Austrian Green Party for the European elections on 7 June 2009.

Jolanda Verburg is not found on english wikipedia, or as far as I can tell on the dutch. Judging by Google-hits she is dutch (or flemish).

But no men, which I think this strenghtens the impression that the real run is for who will join Bové as the two leading candidates.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Nov 12th, 2013 at 12:45:12 PM EST
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