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20-08-2013
Walking 675 kilometres for the referendum in Germany
On 18 August 2013 Michael von der Lohe, Director of the organisation Omnibus and activists from all over Germany started a walk of 675 kilometres to cross Germany from East to West. The aim is to reach the capital of Berlin on 27 September 2013, the day the federal elections...
27-07-2013
Democracy International has a new website
On 27 July 2013 Democracy International’s new website went online. The website follows a new concept. It primarily features democracy activists and their campaigns, and it tells about their fight for more direct democracy in their countries, in municipalities and in the world....
11-07-2013
Connecting with “Ecodemocracy” from Colombia
On Thursday, 11 July 2013, Renny Rueda from Colombia visited the headquarters of Democracy International in Cologne, Germany. Renny Rueda is the founder of Ecodemocracy. He told Daniel Schily and Cora Pfafferott about the goals of his organisation that he established in 2012....
Claudine Nierth
08-07-2013
“It hurts to be a direct democrat"
Interviewing Claudine Nierth, born close to Hamburg, Germany in 1967, means speaking to an extraordinary person, led by ideals and ideas that concern the bettering of our societies through the means of direct democracy. How and why did she get active, what makes Claudine Nierth...
02-07-2013
A chat with Greek activists
In Greece many people search for alternative ways to organise their society. At an event in Athens on July 8 they discussed their ideas about the necessary changes of the political system. Among the visitors were Greek activists fighting against the privatisation of water supply...
25-06-2013
Erwin from Austria: “Direct Democracy makes people happier”
Erwin Leitner is one of the leading activists behind mehr demokratie!, a nonpartisan organisation that works towards implementing direct democracy at all political levels in Austria. Together with his friend Erwin Mayer he has set up the organisation, which primarily aims at...
07-06-2013
The failed referendum in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
More than 90 per cent of the people, who cast their vote in the local referendum organised in the town of Stara Zagora, Central Bulgaria, answered positively to the question whether the Zmeyovo testing ground should be closed down. However, the referendum held on 26 May 2013...
22-05-2013
Dutch activist on direct democracy in Athens
On Friday, 10 May, Arjen Nijeboer, spokesperson of the Dutch Referendum Platform, gave a lecture on direct democracy in the Floral Café, an alternative café and bookshop in the heart of Athens. On Friday, 10 May, Arjen Nijeboer, spokesperson of the Dutch Referendum Platform,...
21-05-2013
Support “Let Me Vote”, the ECI to give EU citizens full voting rights!
Democracy International supports the European Citizens’ Initiative “Let me vote!” and therefore calls upon every EU citizen to sign the initiative. Like Democracy International, Let me vote! pursues the goal of accomplishing democracy in the EU by removing the democratic deficit...
14-05-2013
Hype in the Hauptstadt: Collecting signatures at midnight in Berlin
Crawling pubs on a Friday night in Prenzlauer Berg, one of Berlin’s hip districts, chatting up guys in bars that have as special names as “Zu mir oder zu Dir” (“to me or to you”) and getting their autographs. This is not the latest marketing idea to line up men and women in...

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