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Josiah Mortimer
23-03-2016
“The referendum issues just aren’t getting through”
The following is an interview with Josiah Mortimer on the United Kingdom’s upcoming referendum on EU membership on 23 June 2016, as well as on the quality of the referendum debate and the urgent reforms required to make both the UK and the EU more democratic. Josiah Mortimer...
A cup of the VoteLeave campaign (Photo by Bruno Kaufmann)
15-03-2016
Mind the gaps, Brittania
With 100 days to go, the Brexit referendum is on track and offers great democratic opportunities. But this historic popular vote appears unnecessarily rushed and features elements of a top-down direct democracy approach, reports Democracy International board member Bruno...
"What does Britain owe Europe?" in London on 10 March 2016
10-03-2016
Discussing "Brexit" in London
What does Britian owe Europe?" - this was the question raised by Democracy International and Zocalo Public Square at the Royal Institution in London on 10 March 2016. Democracy International board member Gerald Häfner,...
Yanis Varoufakis at a discussion on Europe in Brussels on 7 May 2015
11-02-2016
Opinion: Varoufakis’ truths and fallacies about the EU
On Tuesday night, 9 February 2016, Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the climax of the Euro crisis, launched in Berlin the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, in short, DiEM25. Democracy International could not agree more about the need for a bottom-up pan-...
The constitutional committee voting on ECI reform proposals on 28 September 2015
10-02-2016
ECI proposals adopted by EU Parliament and action required
On 28 October 2015 the European Parliament (EP) voted with an overwhelming majority in favour of the Resolution on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The following table lists each demand included in the Resolution and indicates what action would be needed – and whether a...
Direct democracy in action in Switzerland (Photo by swissinfo.ch)
29-01-2016
Opinion: Deportation initiative violates human rights
On 28 February 2016, the Swiss people will vote in a referendum on the the so-called implementation initiative, the Swiss People’s Party came up with in order to realise the original deportation initiative of 2010. In this opinion piece for swissinfo.ch, Kurt Fluri argues that...
Demonstration against Poland's new government in December 2015, Source: Adrian Grycuk, Wikipedia
19-01-2016
"The situation in Poland is much more complex"
Interview with Anna Rytel-Warzocha on the recent political developments in Poland, the question whether democracy is threatened and on the strength of Polish civil society to protest against the measures of the new Polish government. Anna Rytel-Warzocha is a lawyer and holds a...
The citizens alliance celebrating the success, source: Omnibus
18-01-2016
Citizens in Germany demand animal protection
The German state of Brandenburg soon might be free of industrial livestock farming (Massentierhaltung) due to a successful citizens’ initiative. On 14 January 2016 the electoral board of Brandenburg announced that 103.891 people had supported the initiative necessary to trigger...
Mehr Demokratie, partner of Democracy International, campaigning for the nationwide referendum (Image by Mehr Demokratie)
18-01-2016
Citizen power in Germany: ready for the next step
The democracy group "Mehr Demokratie e.V." is an example of worldwide attempts to boost citizens’ participation in politics. Two representatives of the NGO, Anne Dänner and Oliver Wiedmann, told journalist Alexander Thoele of ...
The twins Sana and Lamia
15-01-2016
Sana and Lamia – the Twitter Twins of Tunis
A revolution, a deposed despot, a fifth anniversary, twins, four agile thumbs, eight languages. These are the ingredients of the following story about Sana and Lamia Noumi from Tunisia. These inseparable, 25-year old students of literature symbolize the roughly seven million...

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