Panel debate

US Presidental Vote: populism, middle class, Wall Street - US a Trendsetter?

On the 7th November 2016 the Global Connections Group hosted its first very successful event.

With important guests such as David McAllister (Chair to the delegation for US relations of the European parliament), Jack Hillmeyer (executive of the US mission to the NATO) as well as Peter Chase (Senior fellow of the US Marshall Fund), Kirsten Maher (US Democrat abroad) and Susan Schneider (Member of the Board of the "Auslandsgruppe Europa of the German liberal FDP") plus about 200 guests the evnt was a huge success.

When it comes to campaigning and financing the US (voting system) is sick.

Following an exciting introducionary presentation by Jack Hillmeyer (executive of the US mission to the NATO) the Global Connections Group declared the debate open. What followed was almost 2h of a unique debate on questions such as wether the US election system failed and what the EU can learn from such an election.

David McAllister made clear that the US election system has a seroius problem concerning financing. Kerstin Maher (US Democrat abroad) in return expressed her unhappiness about the way the Trump campaign was run, which kicked of a debate with Peter Chase (Senior fellow of the US Marshall Fund), who accused the US Democrats of also using running very negative campaign.

I hope for Hillary but fear Trump

Finally all participants agreed, that it is of great importance to remain in close contact with the population as politians to prevent the rise of populists.

On the question who would become president most speaker, except Susan Schneider (Member of the Board of the "Auslandsgruppe Europa of the German liberal FDP"), answered Hillary.

To put it in a nutshell, speakers, audience and press have been stunned by an incredibly up to date and extremely professionel event. Everybody already looks forward to GCGs next panel debate and as GCGs chairman Julia Milis already announced this was just the begining - stay tuned for more events and subscribe to our email newsletter for regular information on GCG projects and much more!