The Irish Lisbon Referendum
Of all the 27 countries of the European Union, Ireland is the only one which grants its citizens the right to decide upon the acceptance or rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. This gives the Irish voters a very special role which could be seen as a boon or a bane. On the one hand it...
Hamburg (Germany) Struggle for binding referendums
No one in Hamburg can avoid to mention the coming referendum initiated by a broad alliance led by our network partner Mehr Demokratie (More Democracy): 3.800 posters are put up all over the city. They invite citizens to take part in the ballot hold on 14 October.
New Book on Direct Democracy
A new handbook informs about the chances and limits of the European Citizens Initiative (ECI). The ECI found its way into the EU Constitution due to the work of Democracy International, the IRI Europe and others.
Greenpeace action proofs: Europeans need the initiative now
The citizens living in the European Union must get a say in political affairs on the EU level.
17. September 2006: Berlin 84 per cent want more democracy
A referendum was held in Berlin; this reform of legislation concerning direct democracy was part of a larger package of constitutional amendments.
Netherlands: Campaign launched
Netherlands: Activities for a European Citizens Initiative launched. Already more than 1.000 signatures have been gathered.
European Social Forum 2006
From May 4th to 7th, 2006, the 4th European Social Forum (ESF) was held in Athens, Greece. Andrew Tompkins and Thomas Deterding flew there from Berlin to represent Democracy International and to urge other organizations to push for direct democracy in the European Union. Below...
Berlin: More Democracy
Berlin is not only the capital of Germany it is also a federal state, with its own state-legislature (the Abgeordnetenhaus or House of Representatives) and parliaments in the twelve districts of the city. On both levels, initiative and referendum(rights or procedures) have been...
Keynote speech by French Minister
French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy has given a remarkable keynote speech in Berlin. He described his ideas for the future of the EU and its constitution.
The Netherlands introduce Citizens' Intitiative
Today (7 February 2006) the Second Chamber of the Dutch parliament has introduced the citizen initiative right at the national level.