Dead and alive: the EU Constitution
A variety of opinions about the future of the EU Constitution were presented in January. Below is an overview.
Democratising Europe: The role of direct democracy
Conference on direct democracy in Berlin - Mehr Demokratie organized the third regional conference of the Initiative for Europe – A Citizen’s Agenda project.
Surprisingly close to reality: A visit to a vocational school
Stephan Lausch reports about his alternative approach to teach democracy in South Tyrol. The article was published in the newspaper "Demokratie Direkt (Jg. 5/9, 1/2006)".
Alliance for democracy
A lot of European NGOs are interested in promoting the European Citizens’ Initiative. Currently Democracy International and AEGEE Europe are investigating the possibilities for a broad campaign to promote more democracy in the EU. A first meeting was organised in The Center (...
Initiative for Europe – A Citizen's Agenda
Sofia, Bulgaria, November 4-5, 2005
On November 4th-5th, the conference Initiative for Europe – A Citizen's Agenda was held. It was organized by the Initiative & Referendum Institute Europe and Balkan Assist, in cooperation with among others democracy...
Cyprus has ratified the EU constitution after its parliament approved it on June 30. Thirty deputies voted in favour of the treaty, 19 voted against and one abstained. Most of the no-votes came from the communist camp. Cyprus, which is one of the ten new EU members...
Situation in the Czech Republic
Governing parties (social democrats, Christian democrats and liberals) have a different view on situation after "no" in France and the Netherlands.
Dutch referendum: Outcome
On 4 May 2013, the Council was formally established in Democracy International's office in Cologne, Germany. Read more...
Hamburg: Fighting against the backlash
In Hamburg, the regulations concerning direct democracy were cut back seriously by the parliament, which is dominated by the conservative party (CDU). Beforehand, Hamburg was the unofficial capital of direct democracy in Germany. Several bottom-up initiated referendums were...
Netherlands: Campaign for a Referendum Law
The Dutch member group of Democracy International, the Referendum Platform, is campaigning for getting the referendum law adopted that has been lying dormant in the parliament for several years. Arjen Niejeboer, Niesco Dubbelboer and activists of the Referendum Platform, the...