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The Aquila Rapax, often spotted in Malta. Photo: Frank Vincentz, Wikimedia
24-01-2014
Spring Hunting in Malta and Citizens’ Call to Arms
In the small island-state of Malta, member state of the European Union since 2005, shooting birds in spring is legal – and highly contested by Malta’s 400.000 inhabitants. Right now a coalition of environmentalists collected enough signatures to hold a referendum on spring...
Tarek Bouakaz
20-01-2014
"There is a lot to learn"
Tarek Bouakaz lives in the city of Batna, Algeria. He is one of the first people who signed up for the Danube Democracy Rally, to take place from 1 to 9 April 2014 through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. We had the chance to speak to Tarek on the phone enquiring why he registered...
The campaign poster of the citizens' intiative in Berlin
08-01-2014
Berliners want better rules for referenda
50 per cent of Berlin’s citizens want a law that stipulates to hold referenda on the same day as general elections in the city of Berlin. Also, most Berliners (66%) do not approve the fact that the city government had chosen another date for the referendum on re-communalising...
30-12-2013
Democracy Actions 2013
We hope the new year has started well for you. We wish you all the best for 2014!
02-10-2013
In good hands? Germany after the general elections
Following the federal elections in Germany on 22 September 2013, coalition talks are slowly getting underway. For democracy activists, Friday 27 of September was a day to call for the introduction of the referendum at national level with a special action in front of the...
26-09-2013
“Direct Democracy is the best cure for our society"
Georgeta Ionescu, a long-time environmentalist and political activist, fights against fracking, a new technology to win energy. Ms Inonescu is one of the founding members of the democracy group in Romania founded in July this year. We had the chance to speak to Georgeta Inonescu...
20-09-2013
Sofia city council rejects referendum on ending contract with"Sofia water"
A citizens’ initiative against private water supply in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia was stopped on 5th September this year when the municipal council rejected a referendum calling for ceasing the city’s concession agreement with the private company “Sofia Water”, which is under...
18-09-2013
Bolivia's people must have right to self-determination
Alarming news by the Ayllus and Markas of Qullasuyu, indigenous people of Bolivia, reached Dr. Klaus Hofmann in our office in Cologne today: The premises of the National Council of Ayllus and Markas of Qullasuyu (CONAMAQ ) in La Paz were violently stormed by people who seem to...
16-09-2013
Ecuador: 'Me gusta politica - I like politics!'
When staying in Ecuador last year, I very often heard the message from people: `No me gusta politica!' – ‘I do not like politics! However, now people want to get involved in politics as they plan to collect about 584 000 signatures in order to decide themselves on the future of...
10-09-2013
South Tyrol: Democracy activists reach high mountain tops
Each year the Stelvio Pass in South Tyrol is blocked for motor traffic. Instead, the highest mountain pass in the Eastern Alps paves way to cyclists only. This year, on 31 August 2013, five activists of the “Initiative for More Democracy” climbed 2 760 metres of altitude by bike...

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