The advance of economic patriotism

The last few days in Europe’s business community have been turbulent. For once it was not about the impact of the new American administration on the European economy, but about acquisitions. Big ones. Where many of us were worried about “America First”, it now seems that in Europe something similar is happening. Not Europe first or Brussels first, but the UK first, the Netherlands first, and Germany first. The developments of last week might prove to be characteristic for the future of Europe’s economy.

The most important news of last week was the failed attempt by American food giant Kraft Heinz to buy its Anglo-Dutch rival Unilever for the price of 143 Billion USD, which would Continue reading “The advance of economic patriotism”

Statement by Candidates of Board 2016-2017 regarding Election Results and Follow-up

This post is also published in the Official FB Page of the Graduates of Democracy, on the
Official Graduates of Democracy Blog and Twitter Account.

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

SUBJECT: Conclusions of the ‪#‎poll‬ on electoral changes.

Dear Graduates of Democracy,

The poll on eventual electoral changes was over almost two days ago and the majority (31 people) opted to extend the candidacies deadline and consequently the election dates. Furthermore, in the winning option there is the commitment to provide more information on the elections. In this regards, please do comment under this post on what you would like to have more info.

Since the winning option did not propose any functional change, the discussion is now open for any adjustments and/or proposals for new functions, though we would like to advise that any other position be discussed at a later time, possibly after the elections. Said elections will continue to be for the following roles:
1. President
2. Vice President in charge of External Coordination
3. Vice President in charge of Internal Coordination
4. Director of Communication
5. Editor in Chief
6. Treasurer.

Earlier this month there had been some discussion for the establishment of an Ethical Committee in charge of establishing a common Charter of Conduct. Hugo Decis and Gabriele Bortolotti are working on it and invite anyone who wants to lend a hand to contact them. Furthermore, after the election, there will be the opportunity to discuss the roles and elect Working Groups Rapporteurs and National Representatives.

As we focus now on the imminent elections that will be held from 10/08/2016, 8:00 CET to 14/08/2016, 23:59 CET, we would like to invite anyone who has the interest to candidate himself or herself to post his or her candidacy in this group by 07/08/2016, 23:59 CET. To have a clearer perspective on the candidates we will post all the nominees statements on a google doc divided by role (…/0ByDLfVKgXnvAWEo0Tkw3aEstc…/view…)
and on the blog. Cecilia Passaniti will undertake the duty of adding all candidacies in the Official Document.

Again we are stressing the fact that the point of the elections is to create a structure and an official frame as we expand and become more involved with external actors. However, this hierarchy is not aimed at the exclusion of anyone and we invite all the Graduates of Democracy to keep contributing to the debates and creating now proposals to allow this community to grow. Let us not forget the important opportunity provided by the Socialists & Democrats group to discuss our agenda in Brussels next October. Everyone is, in fact, invited and encouraged to input his or her contribution inside and out of the working groups’ topics.

For now, please put forward your candidacy or any suggestion on what needs to be explained further.
Also do not forget to register for voting by sending you email address and full name to: In the next days a Google Doc with the instructions on how to vote and the link will be uploaded. Voting registration ends 07/08/2016, 23:59 CET.

Kind regards,
2016/2017 Board Candidates

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