Parties in Belgium and Sweden have named candidates for the European Parliament elections in May:
Philippe Lamberts MEP will lead the list for Ecolo, the Francophone Green party (which sits in the Greens / European Free Alliance Group). He won 325 votes from members at a congress in Mons, while his rival – current European Parliament vice-president Isabelle Durant – took 270 votes. Having missed out on first place, Isabelle Durant decided not to stand.
Saskia Bricmont will be second on the list, while the two substitute candidates will be Caroline Saal and Hajib El Hajjaji.
Sweden’s Moderate Party has selected its candidates, with Gunnar Hökmark MEP – the delegation leader – taking first place, followed by fellow MEPs Christopher Fjellner and Anna Maria Corazza Bildt. Carl-Oskar Bohlin, who favours more limited powers for the EU, will be fourth. Cecilie Tenfjord-Toftby will also be a (more pro-European) candidate. The Moderates, who sit in the EPP Group, currently have four seats.
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