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24-11-2015
The New Zealand Flag Referendum
Since Friday 20 November 2015, New Zealanders can decide in a popular vote whether their country should have a new flag. Until 11 December 2015, voters can choose from five different flag designs that are the top runners of 10,000 proposals that the public had submitted...
Erwin Mayer (left) campaigning for direct democracy
16-11-2015
Make it happen: Democracy Camp in Austria in 2016
Our partner organisation mehr demokratie! Austria is currently raising funds to realise a summer camp in Austria in 2016. The goal is to make the camp everybody's common project, to be enabled by donations.  
Eduardo Chagas is General Secretary of Fair Transport Europe
02-11-2015
"The ECI is to end deplorable working conditions in EU transport"
The newly launched EU Citizens' Initiative "Fair Transport Europe" demands better working conditions and fair pay for all employees in Europe's transport sector. The ECI was registered in September 2015 and can currently can be signed by any citizen of the EU. Leading the...
The campaigners meet with MEPs in Strasbourg on 28 October
29-10-2015
EU Parliament calls for improving the ECI
On 28 October 2015 the European Parliament adopted a report calling for an urgent improvement of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) and determining how it should be regulated in the future. The report contains many reforms that Democracy International tirelessly had...
Referendum in Bulgaria on E-voting. Source: BGnes
27-10-2015
Chaos of ballot processing after referendum in Bulgaria
On 25 October 2015, Bulgaria held a plebiscite on e-voting. Citizens were asked the question “Do you support the idea to be able to vote from a distance, electronically at elections and referendums?”. 73 per cent of the voters opted in favour. However, the result is invalid as...
Daniel Schily in Berlin on 22 October 2015
22-10-2015
"A global perspective to solve the refugee crisis!"
On 22 October 2015, Daniel Schily, executive manager of Democracy International, welcomed the audience of the event "What can the world learn from Europe's refugee crisis?" that took place in Berlin with the following words.
The logo of the campaign for introducing e-voting, by the Bulgarian Ministery of Foreign Affairs
19-10-2015
Bulgarian people to decide on e-voting
Next Sunday, on 25 October 2015, Bulgaria will hold a plebiscite on e-voting. Citizens will be asked one single question, i.e. “Do you support the idea to be able to vote from a distance, electronically at elections and referendums?” The popular vote will be taken as a result of...
Direct democracy in action in Switzerland (Photo by swissinfo.ch)
15-10-2015
Switzerland to vote on foreigners, tunnels, marriage and food
On Sunday, 18 October 2015, Switzerland's 5.3 million eligible citizens will elect the members of the two national chambers of Parliament – the National Council (200 seats) and the Council of States (46 seats). The new parliament will then elect the new coalition government on 9...
Screenshot of the platform where people can sign the petition
09-10-2015
Start of Dutch referendum campaign on TTIP
On Friday, 9 October 2015, the Dutch democracy organisation Meer Democratie together with foodwatch Netherlands, Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth) and the Transnational Institute kicked-off a campaign for a referendum on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (...
People protesting against TTIP in Berlin in April 2015, Source: Stop TTIP, Flickr
07-10-2015
The Direct Democratic Struggle About Free Trade
Free trade agreements across national borders have always triggered opposition and debate, in part because international trade politics and democracy are hard to reconcile. Free trade is about creating an economic environment across national borders and continents that primarily...

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