the global coalition for democracy
  • We want to realise more direct democracy. We have enough of decisions taken by a small circle of politicians behind closed doors.

    We believe in the power of direct democracy to better our lives and the societies in which we live. Join our network if you feel the same. Together we can bring about change.

  • ECI Petition handover in Brussels, October 2016

    Democracy means that power rests with the people and not with kings, aristocrats, or technocrats. This is the core principle of democracy. Yet unfortunately, real democracy too often is not realised.

    One of our core aims is a better and more democratic European Union. We advocate the improvement of the European Citizens' Initiative so that citizens can truly participate in EU politics.


  • Supporting democracy activists from all over the world, organizing knowledge-sharing events and campaigning across countries...

    ... these are Democracy International's core activities. Our aim is to strengthen direct democracy at all political levels in the nation states, in the EU and on the global level.


ECI Petition handover in Brussels, October 2016
One day ahead of the presentation of the Commission Work Programme for 2017, the organisations Democracy International, Mehr Demokratie and The ECI Campaign handed over 40,996 signatures to Mr. Antoine Colombani, Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Frans Timmermans, for a reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). They call on the EU Commission to abandon its obstructive opposition and to improve the European Citizens’ Initiative in the coming year.

On 23 June the British people voted on the very future of the European Union and not only on UK's membership in the EU. Though they had every right to vote,


the referendum is yet another warning shot fired against European democracy. We do not want to be silenced, we want to have a say on Europe! We want real change now!

The Website of the Direct Democracy Navigator

... by accessing the Direct Democracy Navigator, an online tool that currently features 1227 instruments of direct democracy, available in more than 100 countries in the world.

The website is a product of research carried out by Dr. Klaus Hofmann, Democracy International, the German University of Wuppertal and committed democracy experts from Europe.

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Democracy International is a registered association in Germany
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Phone: +49 (0) 2203 102 14 75
Fax +49 (0) 2203 59 28 62

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