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To be able to mount a campaign in all (or at least most) states you need an organisation, in particular since the EU does not have common media. So in reality I expect the european parties to field candidates, one for each or together in coalitions depending on election system.

And since the european parties are what they are, I expect some convoluted internal process where deals are struck related to other seats. Then when the EPP and PES has one each it is only as local splinters that other conservative or soc-dem candidates can play a role. How is the Bavarian conservative going to campaign in Portugal if the local EPP supports the official EPP candidate?

If we have french-style two-round direct election (which I think is most likely if there is direct elections) then the other european parties field one each and gets knocked out in the first round. If we have the parliament appoint the president the candidates supported by EPP and PES becomes the real alternatives, just like the party leaders for SDP and CDU are the real alternatives for chancellor.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 at 03:27:03 PM EST
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