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Following the realistic candidates train of thought:

Let's consider the dynamics of a continent-wide direct election of a single Officer.

How will people on the ground actually vote? Based on nationality? Based on national party endorsements? Based on whether the candidates speak one's language? How many people will actually vote?

Who can capture the German vote? Is it necessary to be able to be interviewed on German TV without an interpreter? Would that be enough to overcome party identification? That is, could a German-speaking Dutch Labour candidate carry a significant fraction of the vote among CDU sympathisers? Conversely, can we expect a Spanish conservative candidate to carry a significant fraction of the vote on the basis of a CDU endorsement even if they can't speak German?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 at 02:15:19 PM EST
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