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10-09-2021
We are on tour again: Ukrainian Vibes - European Public Sphere 2.0
You’re a dreamer with a heart that beats European? - You’re not the only one! The project Ukrainian Vibes - European Public Sphere is on tour again and gathers European citizens under its digital dome to connect, discuss and share ideas regarding the future of Europe. By...
10-09-2021
By the people, for the people, and the bees
The loss of biodiversity is one of the most serious problems of our time. The ECI Campaign, an NGO dedicated to the advancement of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), is committed to the ECI “Save Bees and Farmers” in order to counteract the worldwide loss of biodiversity,...
10-09-2021
10 years of strengthening citizens’ voices in Latvia – what’s next for ManaBalss?
The ManaBalss platform celebrates its tenth anniversary and looks back on a decade of improving citizen participation in Latvia.
10-09-2021
First-ever online collection of signatures sets Italy up for referendum on euthanasia
08-09-2021
Mexico’s first national plebiscite: the wilting or blooming of direct democracy in Latin America?
On August 1 2021, Mexico celebrated its very first nationwide public consultation in the amidst of a heated controversy. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (widely known as AMLO) called for this sui generis so-called plebiscite asking the public to determine whether former...
16-08-2021
The European Public Sphere is going on tour again!
The European Public Sphere is going on tour again. This time we are traveling to Ukraine. As part of ASA, four young professionals from Germany and Ukraine bring the tour to the virtual public sphere. It’s a joint project by Democracy International, Change Communication and the...
Participants discussed their motivations and experiences with direct democracy
14-07-2021
On to the next decade!
On 30th June 2011 Democracy International was officially founded in the small town of Kortenberg, Belgium. The choice for Kortenberg was symbolic as it is the site of the first constitution in Europe to accord democratic rights to its citizens. Ten years later we celebrated...
14-07-2021
A call for greater citizen participation in the CoFoE
On 19 June, the first plenary session of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) was held in Strasbourg. Democracy International joined partners from the Citizens Take Over Europe coalition in organizing two actions demanding better inclusion of citizens and civil...
14-07-2021
Ukrainian vibes - Democracy across borders
The Ukrainian Vibes - European Public Sphere project in phase one offers a virtual stage to young people and their visions for the future of Europe and encourages them to become a more active part of society. In the four part online workshop-program, young participants learn...
16-06-2021
“From petitions to decisions!” |  ABSTIMMUNG 21 is organising Germany’s first nationwide referendum
In preparation for the September 2021 elections in Germany, we have been organising the first nationwide direct vote (referendum) in German history - we call it ABSTIMMUNG21. By Evelyn Bodenmeier, Jessica Seip, Olaf Seeling, Daniel Schily and Gregor Hackmack (Board Chairs of...

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