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Launch of the European Public Sphere
25-09-2017
Building a European Public Sphere
60 years ago, European countries pledged to work together more closely to prevent more of the disastrous wars that had marked the history of the continent. The creation of the European Union heralded the longest period of peace and economic growth in modern history. But the past...
Country in Focus Sweden
22-09-2017
Swedish model direct democracy
In Country in focus, Democracy International takes a closer look at advances in modern direct democracy and citizen participation worldwide. This month, the spotlight is on Sweden. On 13 September, Sweden marked the National Citizens’ Initiative Day with the release of a...
An initial decision by the European Commission not to register an initiative against a free trade agreement between the EU and the US led to Europe-wide protests
03-08-2017
Window of opportunity for direct democracy
It is a critical moment for modern democracy. In the months to come, the fate of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) - the first tool of participatory and direct democracy at the transnational level - will be decided.
Stop Glyphosate ECI
13-07-2017
“Stop Glyphosate” - Fourth successful ECI
On 3rd July the organisers of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Stop Glyphosate” submitted more than one million signatures to the European Commission, making it the fourth successful ECI and the first successfully submitted ECI in over two years. The goal of the ECI is...
Country in Focus Hungary
12-07-2017
‘We need to awake from apathy and powerlessness’
In Country in focus, Democracy International takes a closer look at advances in direct democracy and citizen participation worldwide. This month, the spotlight is on Hungary. From 19 to 21 May 2017, Democracy International held a 'Happening for our Democratic Culture' in...
Lukas Wegmüller
06-06-2017
‘The ECI needs to become stronger’
The New European Movement of Switzerland is one of the few organisations defying the current political trend to promote an accession to the European Union of Switzerland and to push for concrete steps to make the EU much more democratic. Established in 1998, the ...
Commissioner Timmermans at ECI Day 2017, Photo: The ECI Campaign
23-04-2017
EU Commission up for more direct democracy
On 11 April 2017, in a rare moment of positive international news for more democracy, the European Commission declared to revise the EU legislation concerning the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The announcement came after arduous campaigns by Democracy International and...
Citizen Europe
30-03-2017
Contested ECI turns five years on Saturday
On 1 April 2017, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) celebrated its fifth anniversary. The historically first tool of participatory and direct democracy at transnational level provides EU citizens with the constitutional right to address the decision-making process of the EU...
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...

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