For European level democracy to get off the starting blocks, the Europarties (political parties at European level) need to get going.
The Progressive Convention of the Party of European Socialists (PES) meets in Brussels 25-26 November 2011 to discuss a fair economy and other European themes.
The PES president Poul Nyrup Rasmussen has announced that he is going to step down, so the European socialists and social democrats will be looking for a new leader to take them to the elections for the European Parliament in 2014.
The euroblogger Jon Worth has already stimulated discussion about the next leader of the PES by airing a few heavyweight names.
One of the crucial points with regard to the EU level democracy and the EP elections is the response to the Campaign for a PES primary, to elect the candidate to become the president of the European Commission if the centre-left makes a successful comeback.