Independent Ecological Movement


Independent Ecological Movement
Independent Ecological Movement
Mouvement écologiste indépendant
Leader Antoine Waechter
Founded 1994
Headquarters 26-ter rue Nicolaï
F-75012 Paris
Ideology Green politics, Centrism
Official colours Green
Seats in the National Assembly
Seats in the Senate
Seats in the European Parliament
Seats in Regional Councils
Website
MEI
Politics of France
Political parties
Elections
Constitution of France
Parliament; Government; President

The Independent Ecological Movement (Mouvement Ecologiste Indépendant) is a political party in France founded by Antoine Waechter, former presidential candidate of The Greens in 1994. The MEI hoped to replaced the Greens as the major green party, but due to the Green's electoral deals with larger parties, it failed to do so. They claim to be purely ecologist, and neither on the left or right. Waechter failed to win enough endorsements to be a candidate in the French presidential election, 1995. The party ran candidates in the 2004 regional elections and in the European Parliament election, 2004 (France) and were able to prevent the Greens from gaining more seats, such as in the Eastern EU parliamentary region where the MEI's 3% were enough to prevent the Greens from taking 2 seats there instead of one.

In the 2007 presidential election, Antoine Waechter rallied the centrist Francois Bayrou after failing to be a candidate himself. Before the 2007 general election, the party signed an electoral deal with Ecology Generation, the Greens and CAP21 having refused to join. 133 MEI candidates nationwide ran for the assembly's 577 seats. 84 candidates obtained 1% or more, even with Green opposition. The MEI seems to have become France's second green party.

Despite being openly favourable to the Europe Écologie coalition, for the 2009 European Parliament election, the party ran as part of the Independent Ecological Alliance which won 3.63% of the vote.

The party continued its participation in the Independent Ecological Alliance during the 2010 regional elections, except notably in Alsace where it participated in a joint Europe Écologie-MEI list, which later merged with the Socialist list. Antoine Waechter was elected regional councillor for the Haut-Rhin and the party received 2 other regional councillors across France.

References

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Movement for France — Mouvement pour la France Leader Philippe de Villiers Founded 1994 …   Wikipedia

  • Movement for Socialism (Venezuela) — For other uses of Movement for Socialism , see Movement for Socialism (disambiguation). Movement for Socialism Movimiento al Socialismo Leader Leopoldo Puchi Fo …   Wikipedia

  • Ecological modernization — is an optimistic, reform oriented environmental discourse and school of environmental social science that has gained increasing attention among scholars and policymakers in the last several decades in Europe, North America, Japan, and elsewhere… …   Wikipedia

  • Democratic Movement (France) — Democratic Movement Mouvement démocrate Leader François Bayrou Founded 1 December 2007 …   Wikipedia

  • National Republican Movement — Mouvement National Républicain Leader Annick Martin Founded October 2, 1999 Headquarters 15 rue de Cronstadt 75015 Paris Ideology …   Wikipedia

  • Citizen and Republican Movement — Mouvement républicain et citoyen Leader Jean Luc Laurent …   Wikipedia

  • Savoy Region Movement — Mouvement Région Savoie (French) Movement Règion Savouè (Arpitan) Leader Alain Favre Founded 1972 Headquarters allée du Quert d’Amo, 74140 Chens sur Léman …   Wikipedia

  • Cascadia (independence movement) — Proposed Country of Cascadia …   Wikipedia

  • Gaia Movement — The Gaia Movement is an international network of individuals and groups that share a concern for living more sustainably on the earth. The term Gaia comes from Greek mythology, where it is the name of the Goddess of the Earth. In the late 1960s,… …   Wikipedia

  • Landless Workers' Movement — MST supporters in Brazil. Landless Workers Movement (Portuguese: Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra, or simply MST) is a social movement in Brazil; it is the second (or, according to others, the first[1]) larg …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.