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„Do not take chances!” Campaign poster of the Hungarian government. Source: The Little Glass Slipper, CC BY-SA 4.0
30-09-2016
Refugee vote is misuse of direct democracy
On Sunday, 2 October 2016, Hungary’s eight million eligible voters will decide in a plebiscitary referendum whether Hungary is to take in refugees along the European Union’s mandatory quota system. Democracy...
March for a Democratic Europe Now in Bratislava at EU Summit
16-09-2016
EU Summit: Citizens demand a democratic EU – Now!
58,923 citizens from right across the EU are calling upon the political leaders to make the European Union more democratic and transparent. As the 27 EU Heads of State or Government convene in Bratislava to discuss the...
Flags of Slovakia and the EU in Bratislava
13-09-2016
15/ 16 September 2016: Citizens‘ Action in Bratislava
Democracy International cordially invites all journalists to come to the Dome for Democracy in Bratislava on 15 / 16 September. The Dome is to demonstrate that there is urgent need to make the EU more democratic. The...
German chancellor Merkel and UK Prime Minister Cameron. Photo courtesy of Facundo Arrizabalaga/AP Photo.
29-06-2016
Merkel’s no to EU Convention is crucial mistake
At the informal EU talks in Brussels on 29 June 2016, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected civil society’s demands for a new EU Convention by stating there would be no EU treaty changes following Brexit. This...
24-06-2016
Now Europe needs a democratic re-start
The vote in the United Kingdom on EU membership on 23rd June shows that referendums must be desigend better and that the European Union now completely needs to be democratically reformed. This is Democracy International...
14-06-2016
Brexit: Democratic analysis and criticism
On 23 June 2016, approximately 50 million eligible citizens will decide whether the United Kingdom is to remain in the EU or to leave the Union. Besides British people residing in the UK, also citizens from the Republic...
Photo by Michael Erhardsson, all rights reserved
06-04-2016
EU Commission blocks democratic reform
On Wednesday 6 April 2016, the organisations Democracy International, The ECI Campaign and Mehr Demokratie e.V. launched a petition to protest against the European Commission’s unwillingness to reform the European...
05-04-2016
First citizen-initiated referendum in the Netherlands
On 6 April 2016, the Netherlands’ 12 million eligible citizens will decide in a national referendum on whether to correct the Dutch Parliament’s decision to approve the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Following its...
Direct democracy in action in Switzerland (Photo by swissinfo.ch)
28-02-2016
“Enforcement Initiative” fails in Switzerland
On 28 February 2016, 58,9 per cent of Swiss voters opted against a citizens’ initiative that called for the automatic expulsion of non-Swiss offenders convicted of certain crimes. The turnout of 63 per cent was...
Direct democracy in action in Switzerland (Photo by swissinfo.ch)
22-02-2016
Swiss “Enforcement Initiative” threatens “rule of law”
Switzerland’s 5.2 million eligible voters have until next Sunday, 28 February, to vote in a national referendum on the so-called “Enforcement Initiative” launched by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP). This citizens’...

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