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02-11-2012
Digital decision-making: “3D” in the spotlight
Democratie.Nu is a Belgian democracy group, working on integrating digital technologies in democratic decision-making. In the recent Belgian municipal elections of October 2012, the organization set “3D” on the Belgian voting lists, an innovative approach to combine direct with...
31-10-2012
Sad: Death of Franck Biancheri
We are shocked to learn about the death of Franck Biancheri, who passed away  on Tuesday, 30 October 2012. Founder and honorary President of Newropeans, founder of AEGEE and one of the initiators of ERASMUS, we have lost a militant democrat who devoted his life to realizing the...
16-10-2012
Interview with Andreas Gross, mastermind of modern direct democracy
Andreas Gross turned 60 this year. Andreas Gross is the mastermind of modern movements of direct democracy. For decades he has been dealing with the question of how a federal European state with direct democracy should look like in practice. Andreas Gross turned 60 this year. He...
15-10-2012
Lithuanians opt anti nuclear energy in non-binding referendum
On Sunday, 14 October Lithuanian voters rejected by referendum to build a new nuclear power plant, the Visaginas plant. With a (preliminary) voter turnout of 52 %, the referendum just reached the necessary threshold of 50% in order to be valid. The referendum was non-binding,...
02-10-2012
New ECI demands Sunshine Rules on Mass Media
A European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on media pluralism has been started this summer to address the increasing concentration of ownership and power in the media sector to the detriment of freedom of speech in many European countries. The idea was first launched by the...
26-09-2012
Irish People to vote on children’s rights
On Saturday, 10 November 2012, Ireland’s three million registered voters are called to decide whether to amend the Irish constitution and to grant more rights to the child. Last week the Irish Government published the wording of Ireland’s 31st constitutional amendment, which...
21-09-2012
"We must learn from each other" - Interview with Bruno Kaufmann
Bruno Kaufmann was one of the experts who participated at the hearing on citizen participation in Brussels on 18 September 2012. On this occasion Democracy International interviewed Bruno Kaufmann, who has been active for more than 20 years to implement direct democracy in...
20-09-2012
Lessons from Switzerland for the EU
- Public Hearing on Direct Democracy and citizen participation - On Tuesday, 18 September 2012 Members of European Parliament, academics, practitioners and citizens met in the European Parliament in Brussels on the occasion of a public hearing on „Citizen participation – How...
13-09-2012
Barroso: "More integration demands more democracy, European democracy"
In his State of the Union speech delivered in Strasbourg on 12 September 2012, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso presented his vision for the future of the EU. According to Barroso a federation of nation states is to evolve, consisting of a deep economic and...
07-09-2012
European Greens discuss EU convention
On Thursday, 6 September 2012, the Greens/ European Free Aliance met in the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the future of the European Union and whether to campaign for an EU convention. On this occasion, Gerald Häfner, President of Democracy International and Green...

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