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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...
The constitutional committee voting on ECI reform proposals on 28 September 2015
29-09-2015
Europe one step closer to the citizens
On Monday, 28 September 2015, Europe came one small step closer to its citizens. The European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) collectively agreed on proposals for improving the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) and called on the European Commission to...
Roger de Weck, General Director of the Swiss broadcasting channel SRG SSR
27-09-2015
Journalism is the "Oxygen of Democracy"
What's the relationship between democracy and the media? This question had raised the Swiss public broadcasting channel SRG SSR​ at a conference that took place in Chur, Switzerland, on 25 September 2015. Democracy International is a media partner of the foreign broadcasting...
Adam Briggle (centre)
22-09-2015
“The state just overruled a democratic decision”
Adam Briggle is a member of “Frack Free Denton”, an alliance of citizens that banned hydraulic oil and gas drilling (“fracking”) in Denton, Texas, in November 2014. The successful protest against fracking was realised by means of direct democracy. It gained worldwide attention...
Poster of Clean-Lobbying-Event in Brussels on 3 September 2015
04-09-2015
Transparency proposals heard in Brussels
On 3rd September 2015, EU politicians, NGOS and practitioners came together in Brussels on the occasion of a conference to discuss how the EU can increase transparent decision-making. Democracy International’s proposals for an EU transparency law found strong resonance. During...
Gerhard Schuster
31-08-2015
"The 'Credit Initiative' is an answer to our crises"
Gerhard Schuster is one of the key initiators of the "Europe 2019 Credit Initiative", a project currently being formed by people from all across Europe. It aims at granting the right to interest-free credits for enterprises that serve the common good. The "right to credit" is to...
Sven Giegold, Member of European Parliament and Cora Pfafferott, representing Democracy International
25-08-2015
1695 care about clean politics in Brussels
On 25 August 2015, Democracy International handed over to Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament, people’s suggestions for how to end intransparent and unfair lobbying in the EU. 1695 Europeans had expressed their priorities in an online questionnaire that Democracy...

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