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Lukas Wegmüller
06-06-2017
Ein Gespräch mit Lukas Wegmüller, Co-Generalsekretär der Neuen Europäischen Bewegung Schweiz über die Stärken und Schwächen der Schweizer direkten Demokratie und die Europäische Union aus eidgenössischer Perspektive.                 
"Reclaim Democracy" in Basel
09-02-2017
Direct democracy is becoming increasingly popular in the form of peoples’ initiatives and referendums. It’s also being preached by populists both on the left and right of the political spectrum, but they generally have no idea what it really means, writes Bruno Kaufmann...
Direct democracy in action in Switzerland (Photo by swissinfo.ch)
22-02-2016
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’ initiative calls for the automatic expulsion of non-Swiss...
12-12-2013
Joe Mathews joined Democracy International's board in November 2013. He is a journalist and a profound expert of direct democracy around the world. Joe Mathews lives in South Pasadena, close to Los Angeles, California. I interviewed Joe yesterday after we had held our first...
Political Culture and Active Citizenship
22-11-2017
The use of direct democratic instruments in international comparison. With examples from Ecuador, Germany, Hungary, Peru, Slovakia, Switzerland and Uruguay, this symposium aims to create a comparative inventory of the cultures of active citizen participation. 
Lukas Wegmüller
06-06-2017
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 ...
Katharina Prelicz-Huber
14-02-2017
In a conversational democracy like the Swiss one citizens’ association must work very hard to have the opportunity to make voices heard. A new challenge is the lack of public-financed participatory infrastructure, says Katharina Prelicz-Huber in an interview with Cora Pfafferott...
Results of Swiss referendum day, 26 Sept. 2016, Source: swissinfo.ch
26-09-2016
Sunday, 25 September 2016, was this year's third "Decision Day" in Switzerland: Swiss voters were called to the ballot box to decide on a number of initiatives and referendums. Democracy International board member Bruno Kaufmann, editor-in-chief of...
The world's biggest poster in Geneva, Switzerland. Source: Generation Grundeinkommen
31-05-2016
In Switzerland, citizens had until 5 June 2016 to make up their minds whether the principle of an unconditional basic income should be anchored in the constitution. The initiative was rejected as only 23 per cent voted in favour of it. Here you find the results of the five...
Bruno Kaufmann and Michel Cermak "from Stop TTIP" (right) at ECI Conference in Brussels
09-05-2016
Whether on basic income or animal protection, social insurance or basic rights, citizens’ initiatives give the people a voice both in Switzerland and in the EU. What Switzerland and Europe have in common – and where they differ Whether on basic income or animal protection,...

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