Decisions at the EU level are often taken on the basis of national interests, which recent crises have proved to be inadequate and against the overall interest of European citizens.
Pietro De Matteis holds a PhD in international studies form the University of Cambridge, which he obtained based on a researched conducted in the U.S. (Columbia University) and China (Renmin University). He worked for various European organisations and co-founded the European Federalist Party, a pan-European movement that has now joined forces with Stand Up for Europe, of which he is vice-President. The objective of the movement is to help creating a European political public sphere. In 2014 Pietro stood as an MEP candidate in Belgium.