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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Impeachment it´s a possibility

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

In the downward spiral that has been the last days (last few weeks, last months) of the Trump Administration, there is an observation that is constant, and absolutely astounding … President Trump thinks he is untouchable, and that nothing can, or will, to happen. Not only is he “confident” about it, he is even astonished when someone thinks or acts otherwise.

No wonder that the dismissal of James Comey, Director of the FBI has been a roll of poorly-told stories, mock intentions and obstruction of procedures, and ultimately, of justice.

Some examples.

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100 days of the Trump Administration and a Democratas PT new initiative

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

Despite being a totally artificial “milestone”  (thanks mainly to the press), the 100 days of any Administration in the White House has served as a barometer, even if very early, of how the Presidency is running, as well as the governance of states United States of America.

It is already well known our opinion (Democratas PT) of Mr. Donald J. Trump. But now, after these 100 days, and using an expression from our American friends, we feel like saying “well … I told you so” (not in the opinion of Donald Trump – and his voters – who instead say “no Administration has done more in the first 90 days”).


Crédit to Pat Byrnes of the New Yorker

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Democratas are going to the March for Science

The Democratas will attend the March for Science, which will take place on the 22nd of this month, in Lisbon.


The hour, and meeting point, for the Democratas, will be announced shortly, and it will be before 2:00 PM. Then we will march together for science, which, incredibly, is increasingly under attack.

Join us!

To know more about the event, visit here.

Podcast with Amy Kraushaar from Democrats Abroad Portugal

In the podcast 06 of DemsVox, Ricardo Silvestre speaks with Amy Kraushaar, of the Democrats Abroad Portugal.

Amy talks to us about her political career, the work she does in Democrats Abroad Portugal, and what is the role of Dems Abroad PT.


To visit the site dos Dems Abroad PT go here, and the Facebook page can be found here

To hear the podcast go here.

To hear the podcast on Soundcloud, go here.


Round Table Ralf Dahrendorf in Lisbon

r2The Democratas will be present at a Ralf Dahrendorf roundtable, organized by the European Liberal Forum, with the help of the Social Liberal Movement in Portugal.

It will be held in Lisbon this Saturday, 11th, at the Hotel Sana Reno in Lisbon.

The theme of the Round Table is exactly what is needed, at this time, in Portugal.


The program can be found here, and includes lectures by representatives of Ciudadanos (Spain), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Germany) and NEOS (Austria), who will share successful models in promoting an idea, an ideal, a political force in the area of liberalism and democracy.

To subscribe, visit this link. There are already few spaces available as such if you want to go, do not leave for later to sign up.

Europe needs to defend itself from a dangerous President

backAs we continue to see the disaster taking place on the other side of the Atlantic, we want to propose an article from the Editorial team of Der Spiegel, the well-known German magazine.

And the question is: America once saved Europe from Germany, could it be Germany to now save Europe from America?

“The United States president is becoming a danger to the world. It is time for Germany and Europe to prepare their political and economic defenses.”

The article can be found here.

“Trump and its Administration, what to expect in the coming years”

pic post Trump demsptWe leave here two talks from the “Trump and its Administration, what to expect in the coming years for the Planet, Europe and the United States” that took place on January 29, organized by the Social Liberal Movement, in collaboration with the Individual Members of the ALDE.

We have summarized the communication of the former United States Ambassador to Portugal, Allan Katz, entitled “A Cautionary Tale”, which we transcribe below.

Likewise, you can see here the Power Point that served as the basis for the communication for Ricardo Silvestre, of the Democratas, with the title “The Trump Administration and the (fragile) gains in the fight against climate change.”

From Allan Katz:
“The result of the November elections was due to a” perfect storm “, with many factors coming together at the right time, and where if only one that did not fit together, things could have been different …)

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Europeans mobilize against Trump

As might be expected, the Europeans are beginning to mobilize against the “theater of horrors” that is coming from the White House in the United States.

Both at the highest levels of politics (in the UK, in the European Union), but also the citizens are expressing their willingness to participate in the process of showing President Trump whether in petitions or in debates.
The Individual Members (MI) of ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) held two events, one organized by MI-ALDE in Portugal, together with the Social Liberal Movement, where the Democratas were present.

The article can be read here, and echoes another meeting in Germany, where also the Trump Administration was a subject of interest.