Ralf describes himself as an "independent outsider" to Europarty politics and his support for the Campaign for a PES Primary as his "first tentative steps." Here is further evidence of the capacity of this campaign to engage citizens outside of the PES political family.
Ralf writes, "A President of the European Commission with a stronger mandate from voters is not enough to turn the European Union into a parliamentary democracy, and it would not by itself institute politically accountable government at EU level, but it is a step in the right direction, well worth campaigning for and deciding on."
EDIT: In his latest blog, Ralf also comments, "Is the PES a spent force or a renewable resource in the political landscape of Europe? The Campaign for a PES Primary is the most concrete and imaginative initiative for the Party of European Socialists to reconnect with activists and engage EU citizens ahead of the EP elections in 2014."