Elly Schlein to Lead Democratic Party's European Parliament Election Bid

Elly Schlein, leader of Italy's Democratic Party, announces her candidacy for the 2024 European Parliament elections, aiming to boost her party's presence and drive change in Italy.

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Elly Schlein to Lead Democratic Party's European Parliament Election Bid

Elly Schlein to Lead Democratic Party's European Parliament Election Bid

Elly Schlein, the leader of Italy's Democratic Party, is finalizing the candidate lists for the June 2024 European Parliament elections. Schlein has officially announced her candidacy, stating that she is running to boost the Democratic Party's team and its project for change in Italy. She will be the top candidate in the Center and Islands constituencies, which include Sicily and Sardinia, while other party members will lead the lists in the North West, North East, and South.

Schlein emphasized that her presence is a value-added and that the party needs to understand how to best utilize it to attract undecided voters. "The Democratic Party has a plural and competent team," Schlein said. "I am available to lend a hand with a spirit of service and contribute to a project for change in the Democratic Party and the country."

The Democratic Party leadership has approved the candidate lists, with Cecilia Strada running in the North West, Stefano Bonaccini in the North East, and Lucia Annunziata in the South. The party is discussing the possibility of including Schlein's name in the party symbol, a proposal put forward by party president Stefano Bonaccini.

Why this matters: The European Parliament elections in June 2024 will be a critical test for Italy's Democratic Party and its new leader Elly Schlein. The party is seeking to rebound from recent electoral setbacks and present a strong, united front in the European arena.

In the event of election, Schlein has specified that she will not go to Brussels and will remain in the Italian Parliament, continuing her daily confrontation with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. The Democratic Party is presenting what Schlein describes as a "beautiful and very very strong" list of candidates, hoping to elect all of them to work in the European Parliament while Schlein leads the opposition in Italy.

Key Takeaways

  • Elly Schlein, leader of Italy's Democratic Party, announces candidacy for 2024 EU elections.
  • Schlein to lead Center and Islands constituencies, other party members to lead other regions.
  • Democratic Party approves candidate lists, including Cecilia Strada, Stefano Bonaccini, and Lucia Annunziata.
  • Possibility of including Schlein's name in party symbol, proposed by party president Bonaccini.
  • Schlein states she will remain in Italian Parliament if elected, leading opposition to PM Meloni.