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Save the Dutch Referendum
11-10-2017
Save the Dutch referendum
The brand-new Dutch government yesterday released their coalition agreement, which includes the abolition of the Law on the Consultative Referendum, a mechanism that is only two years old. Arjen Nijeboer, of the Dutch organisation Meer...
Save the Dutch Referendum
11-10-2017
Red het Referendum
De nieuwe Nederlandse regering heeft gisteren aangekondigd dat ze het raadgevend referendum, dat amper twee jaar bestaat, wil afschaffen! Niesco Dubbelboer en Arjen Nijeboer, van onze Nederlandse partnerorganisatie, Meer Democratie,...
Global Passport to Modern Direct Democracy
28-09-2017
Launch of the Global passport to Modern Direct Democracy
In a democracy, formal popular votes are important to the exercise of people power.
Andi Gross
27-09-2017
"Dissatisfied with Democracy"
The rightwing AfD party has made it into the German Bundestag. What's up with democracy in Germany? Are the Germans not ready for direct democracy? And wouldn't nationwide referendums be dangerous in view of this election result? We asked the Swiss political scientist Andreas...
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 ...

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