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    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.


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    ... 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.


„Do not take chances!” Campaign poster of the Hungarian government. Source: The Little Glass Slipper, CC BY-SA 4.0
On Sunday, 2 October 2016, Hungary’s eight million eligible voters will decide in a plebiscitary referendum whether Hungary is to take in refugees along the European Union’s mandatory quota system. Democracy International condemns the upcoming popular vote as a misuse of direct democracy and criticices its very poor standards of democratic debate.

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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