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Barroso, Merkel and Pöttering signing the Berlin Declaration. Source: EC Audiovisual Service
23-03-2017
Please, not another EU Declaration!
On 25 March 2017, yet another EU Declaration will be adopted as EU leaders gather in Rome to “celebrate” the 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty. But as the European integration process is experiencing its deepest crisis, yet we should invest into more democracy at the...
20-03-2017
Media 'crucial' in creating transparency
Can the traditional media still fulfill their role as watchdog in a direct democracy when social media increasingly set the pace? A panel with four prominent speakers at this year’s Aarau Democracy Days in Switzerland came up with some interesting insights, highlighting the fact...
Alberto Acosta (Photo: Bruno Kaufmann)
16-02-2017
“The Government of Ecuador is quite anxious“
On Sunday 19 February 2017, Ecuador’s 12 million eligible people faced a super election day: Beyond electing a new parliament and a new President, they could also decide on a plebiscite that President Rafael Correa had triggered. Up for vote was the question whether elected...
Anti-corruption protests in Romania (image: swissinfo.ch)
15-02-2017
Romania's Struggle for Democracy
Millions of Romanians have taken to the streets to protest against their government and in favour of strong anti-corruption laws. The demonstrations give insights into the complex democratic challenges, which reach far beyond the southeastern European country, writes Bruno...
Katharina Prelicz-Huber
14-02-2017
“Money Plays a Growing Role in Swiss Democracy”
In a conversational democracy like the Swiss one citizens’ association must work very hard to have the opportunity to make voices heard. A new challenge is the lack of public-financed participatory infrastructure, says Katharina Prelicz-Huber in an interview with Cora Pfafferott...
"Reclaim Democracy" in Basel
09-02-2017
Why populists should avoid direct democracy
Direct democracy is becoming increasingly popular in the form of peoples’ initiatives and referendums. It’s also being preached by populists both on the left and right of the political spectrum, but they generally have no idea what it really means, writes Bruno Kaufmann...
Beat Ringger, Co-ordinator of Denknetz
09-02-2017
Think Democratic! The Swiss "Denknetz"
"We must think together to develop political expertise!” This is the core commitment of the Swiss think tank Denknetz, which organised the Reclaim Democracy conference from February 2-4, 2017 in Basel.
Trump's website online-petition
23-01-2017
Will “We The People“ Survive No. 45?
In at least one respect, the new US administration under President Trump has been very well prepared: within seconds of taking the oath the official White House webpage changed radically— with one interesting exception, writes Bruno Kaufmann, editor-in-chief of people2power.
19-01-2017
Liberals and centre-right demand EU convention
Alongside the elections of Antonio Tajani as new President of the European Parliament on 17 January 2017, the Parliament’s centre-right and liberal groups decided to start a “reflection on the future of Europe”. A new EU Convention to prepare a new EU Treaty could be an outcome...
German TV news announcing the word of the year 2016
10-01-2017
Why "Post-Truth" is a convenient lie
The German Association for Language named “postfaktisch” its word of the year for 2016, following the Oxford Dictionaries, which chose “post-truth” as its word of 2016 internationally. The problem is that all this usage hasn’t made “post-truth” any more helpful, or accurate, in...

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