Antidemocratic governments and the future of Europe

Introductory note. This is an opinion piece written by Ricardo Silvestre, of the Democratas.

The European Commission wants to reduce the cohesion funds by 24% for Hungary and 23% for Poland in the next budget for the period 2021 to 2027.

The reason put forward by the Commission is somewhat technocratic. The European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu, argued that “(…) we are dealing with regions and their prosperity”, thus avoiding criticism that this decision can be a punitive act because of the attitudes seen as antidemocratic in these two countries, and the criticisms by the governments of the two nations regarding European policies.

But is that really the only reason?

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Help us create a liberal party in Portugal

Help Us Create A Liberal Party In Portugal

The Democratas wish to be a political party in Portugal that believes in participation, collaboration and transparency, to be a real alternative to the policies that haven’t been working in our home country, and that have been benefiting the same individuals, being in the political or financial sphere.

Therefore we created a crowdfunding account to gather sufficient funds to comply with the  steps to create the party, being promotion, outreaching and signature collection

Our objective is to gather 1000 Euros.

You can find the link for the account here, or in the following address:

https://www.youcaring.com/democratasportugal-1125380

Your help is crucial for us to achieve this goal.

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Fom Poland, with love

Introductory note. This is an opinion piece written by Ricardo Silvestre, of the Democratas.

In the summer of 2010, walking along the streets of Warsaw’s Old Town, hand in hand with the wonderful Ania (Anna B), who I had the happiness to meet, and love, I was shown, here and there, the scars which the city proudly displays of a recent past, where the Polish people, and particularly the inhabitants of Warsaw, suffered horrible acts of cruelty.

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The Impeachment of the 45º President of the United States of America

Introductory note. This is an opinion piece written by Ricardo Silvestre, of the Democratas.

In almost two hundred and forty years, America had forty-five presidents and three processes of impeachment. None of these cases led to the removal of the President, the closest being the resignation of Richard Nixon. Gene Healy of the CATO Institute thinks, “It’s hard to say that it’s historic that there’s never been an Impeachment of a President … it’s easier to say we do not start these processes enough times.”

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We needed to get to the Trump-era to see Articles of Impeachment of a US President submited in the House of Representatives.

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One year of the Trump Administration

Introductory note. This is an opinion piece written by Ricardo Silvestre, of the Democratas.

Now that we have a year of Trump Presidency, it’s worth to have a retrospect look on what has been the equivalent of being on a roller coaster, where we alternate between legitimate fears that the White House, and the Republican majority, will ruin the United States in an irretrievable way, and the relief of realizing that those same people are so incompetent that they can not destroy what is done, which is considerably easier than having to rule a nation like to America.

 

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One of the positive things since the Trump election took place, and the Republican party has taken over the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House, is that no legislation that really matters, or that had a profund impact on society was passed. On the other hand, there are several cases of failure, or actions that have diminished, if not even shamed, the United States.

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35 million Americans who voted for Trump, did not voted for Trump

Introductory note. This is an opinion piece written by Ricardo Silvestre, of the Democratas.

My interest in American politics is not purely academic. Having lived in the United States for four years, especially since the tumultuous post-Sept. 11, to the first year of the second term of the George W. Bush Administration.

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During the first year, I was involved in such opposite discussions as defending America against Americans who thought that the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had been way to little, and that America “deserved much worse,” until having to tell other Americans that they couldn’t get their perspective on the world where things were resolved by “launching a nuclear bomb on Iraq and make the country a gas station”.

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President Trump and the cowardly Elephants

Introductory note. This is an opinion piece written by Ricardo Silvestre, of the Democratas.

In an interview with The New York Times this week, the President of the United States “ventilated” the hypothesis (surely as a trial balloon recommended by his lawyers) to stop the investigation led by the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, and maybe compel the Department of Justice (DOJ) to dismiss the Special Prosecutor. Likewise, it was learned on the same day that Trump’s lawyers, under his command, were investigating whether the President has powers to pardon himself and members of his Administration and family from any criminal procedures.

All this at the same time it was made public that Donald Trump Jr agreed to attend a meeting with someone associated with the Russian government, and with an e-mail exchange where the “subject of the message” was … Russia – Clinton – Private and Confidential ” !!

Jr’s answer? “(…)if it’s what you say I love it especially late in the summer.”

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Trumpism and elections in Europe

Introductory note. This is an opinion piece written by Ricardo Silvestre, of the Democratas.

Of the few (very few) good things resulting from Donald Trump’s election to President of the United States, one has been the effect (along with Brexit and the “regret” in UK voters) of shinning a light on the consequences of making … let’s say, “bad decisions” in politics.

The disaster we have seen on the other side of the Atlantic, coupled with the increasingly influence that Russia is trying to have on the democratic processes in the West, has made voters, the press, and even political apparatuses, begin to assume a more critical, and vigilant, position, regarding the intentions (more or less, declared) that certain parties have in governing their home countries, or Europe.

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