Statement by Candidates of Board 2016-2017 regarding Election Procedures and Debates

This post has been published on the Official FB Page of the Graduates of Democracy, on the Official Graduates of Democracy Blog and on our Twitter Account.

This post is on behalf of the all the current candidates to the Board of the Graduates of Democracy

Topic under discussion:


A poll to see how the majority of the Graduates of Democracy wants to proceed with the voting process and procedures within our group.

Dear everyone,

The candidates for the Graduates of Democracy Board of 2016-2017 have started working on the programming code for the voting platform.

Since there has been a lot of approval/disapproval of the methodologies that have been used during these months, allow us to perhaps ask the most relevant question:

How do we have to proceed with the current elections for the board of the Graduates of Democracy?

We would like to elaborate on why this statement has been issued. As most of you are aware of, there have been some complaints about the current elections. The candidates who have proposed themselves in the last days sat together and would like to solve this matter together with all of you.

All candidates agree that communications have been a problem in the current system. However, since we do not have an executive board at the moment it is difficult to appoint someone responsible for contacting everyone. We also don’t have access to all email addresses for privacy reasons and are, unfortunately, fairly dependent on Facebook for important discussions and topics. It is our expectation that Facebook will remain to be the most important source of information [together with the blog] but we will do our best to share all new developments regarding the elections, and procedure discussions, via all our channels.

The original idea for a board has been discussed for over a year already. It was also an important suggestion made by the S&D-Group itself to have a clear reference point for communication. Regardless, we completely agree that the matter of communication should be improved. We hope that a new treasurer will find financial space to upgrade our blog. This will give us the opportunity to buy a special Members Only section via WordPress. Besides being a great addition to the blog, it will also help us improve inside communication. The new board, most likely the Director of Communication, will have to retrieve all email addresses.

Because of these problems and the fact that we don’t want to feel people excluded, we propose the above-mentioned poll. Please feel free to vote [and comment] via the following –> link <–.

In conclusion, if there were to be a majority, candidacies for the different positions should be closed on 07/08/2016, 23:59 CET. Voting registration (a follow-up on this will be published) will close on 07/08/2016, 23:59 CET.
The debate videos among candidates to the presidency will be posted on August 9th.
Elections will be open from 10/08/2016, 08:00 CET to 14/08/2016, 23:59 CET.

Let us keep a respectful and tolerant environment.
Kind regards,
2016-2017 Board Candidates



The Demeaning Way In Which Newspapers Portray Violence Against Women

“The medium is the message” Marshall McLuhan.Women Power

The explicit portrayal of a rape case in San Fermín (Spanish festivity) by the principal Spanish media this week does not empower the victim. There is a journalistic responsibility to inform, but there is also a journalistic ethic to inform by respecting rights and social justice. Continue reading “The Demeaning Way In Which Newspapers Portray Violence Against Women”

Erdoğan’s Only Asset Is Our Do-Nothingness (or) How to Make a Coup – for Dummies!

Erdoğan’s decision to use that coup to legitimize his long-lasting desire to 13816858_1018024594983056_1808953605_ncontrol every bits of the Turkish society is the penultimate proof of his illegitimacy as a European Union’s ally or partner. To counterbalance his growing strength and influence, the European leaders must for once show some initiative: it is time for the Union to strike hard and fast in order to isolate him on the international scene. Blood, if not, will definitely have blood. Continue reading “Erdoğan’s Only Asset Is Our Do-Nothingness (or) How to Make a Coup – for Dummies!”

The Dangers of Delusion. A Case Study for the European Left: Jeremy Corbyn

While a new Conservative Prime Minister sets Britain on the long path to Brexit and increased austerity, the British left drifts off into cloud-cuckoo-land.

Jeremy_CorbynThe Brexit vote in on the 23rd of June has rattled the political establishment across Europe. In geopolitical terms, one of the two great military powers of the European Union is leaving. In real terms, what feeble protection the EU offers for workers’ rights is probably gone. And make no mistake – the move towards leaving is now unstoppable, and the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has said so in as many words. With a Conservative government, there will be no second referendum, no Brexit minus, just pure Brexit.

And with no left-wing opposition to speak of, there will be no safeguards for workers’ rights, equality and everything against the raging tide of neoliberal destruction in the UK. This piece is explicitly directed to our European friends as a warning against the dangers of Corbynism and its fatal threat to the left. Continue reading “The Dangers of Delusion. A Case Study for the European Left: Jeremy Corbyn”

Why is Europe turning to Far Right?

“A Spectre is haunting Europe – the Spectre of Nationalism”

I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t this way Marx started his famous book “The Communist Manifesto”, in 1848, however I’m pretty sure it reassembles today’s Europe. Now and then we hear about how Far Right parties have become more and more accepted and somehow desired by the people, in some countries they even have become the most voted party on opinion polls, I’m talking of Netherlands for example with Geert Wilders [i], Marine Le Pen in France [ii], the last presidential elections in Austria (which might have a second round)[iii] and ultimately the impact UKIP had on the Brexit vote[iv]. Continue reading “Why is Europe turning to Far Right?”

Is the current ECB monetary policy enough?

The International Financial crisis of 2008 affected deeply almost all the world’s economies. The history was not forgotten because the 1929 crash and subsequent crisis in the following years led to a profound and long depression and deflation with a very high unemployment rate. Governments all over the world had to answer to this catastrophe. The two primary methods to stimulate the economy were the Fiscal Policy and the Monetary Policy. On developed countries the Monetary Policy gave a good portion of that response.  That forced Central Banks all over the world to respond to this crisis. The FED and the Bank of England were quick to react with an aggressive decrease in interest rates and especially in the American case a large program of buying public debt asset titles known as quantitative easing. These measures should be able to stimulate investment (because it’s easier for companies to finance themselves at lower rates) and also the consumption. However the ECB decreased the interest rates sharply but only to 1% and in 2011 and even increased the interest rates a bit to around 1,5%, which increased even more the difficulties of the countries, also affected by the Sovereign Debt Crisis such as Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Italy. One of the reasons for a slow decrease in the interest rates by the ECB is that the objective of the ECB is to guarantee price stability unlike the FED and other central banks of developed countries. The following graph shows that path taken by the ECB interest rates:


Continue reading “Is the current ECB monetary policy enough?”