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Girl with a doll (Photo by Nicholas Murray, public domain)
06-07-2015
What will we tell our grandchildren?
At this very moment, history in Europe is being written. The future of the European Union is being haggled and gambled over in a state of panic and helplessness. Democracy International instead calls for a proper debate to lay the foundation for a better, more democratic and...
Yanis Varoufakis at a discussion on Europe in Brussels on 7 May 2015
02-07-2015
The Greek short-cut referendum drama
With a popular vote on the complex bailout terms coming up this weekend, Europe and the world once again has to revisit its suboptimal handling of modern direct democracy, writes Bruno Kaufmann, board member of Democracy International and editor-in-chief at people2power.info,...
The campaign poster by Meer Democratie
29-06-2015
The Netherlands: Citizens' initiative against party political appointments
The Dutch democracy group Meer Democratie has launched a citizens' initiative that aims at opening appointments for public posts to everybody - regardless of whether the person is a party member or not. 40,000 signatures are required in order to submit the citzens' initiative to...
People protesting against animal research experiments [AnimaNaturalis_Flickr]
17-06-2015
The European promise of participatory democracy
On 16 June 2015, the Council of the European Union hosted for the first time in history an event directly dedicated to participatory democracy – the European Citizens’ Initiative. Democracy International used this occasion to advocate its proposals for reforming the European...
Voting results Switzerland (image: screenshot of swissinfo.ch)
15-06-2015
Initiative on Inheritance tax defeated
An attempt to federalise Switzerland’s inheritance tax system and redistribute wealth by taxing legacies worth more than CHF2 million ($2.15 million) has been rejected by Swiss voters, as expected. On Sunday 14 June 2015, 71% of voters and all 26 Swiss cantons rejected the...
Posters of the referendum Campaign in Luxembourg City (Image: Wikipedia)
08-06-2015
Luxembourg: Cumbersome Way to modern eligibility
The referendum in Luxembourg on 7 June 2015 was a shortcut to extending voting rights for foreigners and young people. But the (already eligible) voters of Luxembourg clearly voted ‘no’. The next step must be a reform of the citizenship law, argues our board member Bruno...
Christian Felber (Photo by Bernd Hofmeister)
02-06-2015
"I will present an alternative to TTIP"
Christian Felber is an Austrian freelance journalist, book author and international lecturer. Co-founder of Attac Austria, he initiated the projects “Democratic Bank” and “Economy for the Common Good”. Christian Felber will hold a lecture at Democracy International’s annual...
2015 could bring new same-sex legislation, Photo by Quinn Dombrowski, Wikimedia Commons
25-05-2015
After the Super-Vote: Ireland, twelve points!
Hundreds of millions of citizens worldwide have been voting last weekend. While the ballot experiences as such were extremely varied (and sometimes deeply problematic), at least one referendum offered nothing less than a “social revolution”.
Prof. Jung-OK Lee
20-05-2015
"More and more people are gathering signatures to express their political will"
What is our motivation? In this series of interviews, our board members present their ideas of direct democracy and the development of Europe's democratization process. They also talk about the key moment that triggered their activism. This is the eighth interview of our series...
Participants of the Global Forum 2015
17-05-2015
Tunis Declaration on Modern Direct Democracy
More than 400 people from all over the world participated in the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy that took place from 14 to 17 May 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia. At the end of the world's biggest conference on direct and participatory democracy, the participants commonly...

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