Michael Scharfschwerdt is a graduate geographer and worked for a number of years in various functions for the federal executive committee of BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN. Among other things he was responsible for the public relations work of the party and worked as the office manager of the Federal President Cem Özdemir. He worked for four years in the European Parliament for the German delegation of the Greens. For several years, he has been working as a coach for political communication and capacity-building in European and non-European countries.
What made these European elections of 2014 so notable? For the first time, the European parties nominated joint leading candidates. This led not only to a greater personalisation of the European electoral campaign but also gave the elections a real pan-European dimension. What does the outcome mean for the Greens, and what conclusions can be drawn?Read more