I stood because I want to address issues that cross borders – in particular climate change.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I am a psychotherapist working mainly with NHS clients. I came from Germany to the UK almost 20 years ago, where I studied, worked and raised my daughter mostly as a single parent. Over seven years ago I joined the Green Party, mainly out of concerns for my daughter’s and all of our future.
Why did you decide to stand as an MEP this year?
I stood in 2014 as the lead candidate for the East Midlands. My family live in Italy and with my German background I see myself as an European. I am therefore a strong Remainer. However, as this is not a second referendum, I stood because I want to address issues that cross borders – in particular climate change.
How has campaigning been so far? What level of enthusiasm are you seeing for these elections?
These elections have been very fast paced. It was almost as if the press and many people did not realise that this was coming (and I could not blame them after this mess in Westminster). So instead of planning and having time to run a real campaign, it has been very intense. However, I am very excited because people are sick of the two party system and are coming to the Greens.
I have also been very pleased to see how many voters have become increasingly concerned about environmental issues like the climate emergency. In all honesty I have never experienced so much support on the streets in any previous elections and I have stood in quite a few.
What is it like campaigning to be an MEP when it’s not clear that UK MEPs will take their seats in the European Parliament?
I believe we will be taking our seats. I cannot see how May, Corbyn, and Parliament will be able to agree on a deal. Both leaders of Labour and the Conservatives have not got the backing of their own MPs.
Why should people vote Green in the European elections?
Because politics is broken – we need a different type of politics. We the Greens have been saying this for a long time. However, most importantly, we must address environmental issues, social justice and ensuring that the EU does not just become a neoliberal trading block.
If elected, what would your priorities be for your region on the European stage?
Climate breakdown is threatening us all but here in our region farmers are concerned about droughts, flooding and the disappearance of insects and wildlife.
I want to address CAP and to make it fairer for small to medium sized farms as well as tenant farmers.
I want to ensure that universities and research programmes get funding.
I want to enhance any funding from the EU for various issues, since the East Midlands actually have been disadvantaged in the past.