On February 19th, Elly Schlein, the secretary of the Democratic Party, revealed plans for the European elections in June. The call’s agenda focused on an assessment of the political situation and the PSE congress of 1 and 2 March in Rome. The party believes that Schlein cannot step back from her candidacy at this point, as it would send a negative signal to the electorate, particularly in light of the ongoing duel with Giorgia Meloni.
The Democratic leadership group supports Schlein running in all constituencies as the head of the list. This move is seen as the best way to ensure a fair and decisive election process. The composition of the lists is already underway, with plans for Schlein to be re-nominated in the Central Constituency, and considerations for other key representatives in different constituencies.
The party is also considering various candidates for different constituencies, including key figures such as Brando Benifei, Elisabetta Gualmini, Pietro Bartolo, Matteo Ricci, Dario Nardella, Cecilia Strada, and Stefano Bonaccini. The party aims to put in place “open lists that aim to represent society” rather than “a consolation prize or an instrument of revenge.”
Overall, Elly Schlein remains focused on finalizing the compositions of the lists for the European elections under Democratic Party leadership as they prepare for upcoming PSE congress in March.