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09-11-2022
The f(YOUTH)ure of the European Citizens’ Initiative
Great news for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) and the future of youth participation in European democracy: Germany and Belgium join the list of countries that allow 16 year olds to sign an ECI! 
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09-11-2022
Goodbye Ukrainian Vibes and see you next year!
“What really unites people is civic activism.” “I believe everyone should always stand up for justice. And this is nice, this is a very nice initiative. It makes me as a refugee from Afghanistan very happy and welcomed, and I hope that Ukrainians feel the love you guys are...
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09-11-2022
US Midterms: Abortion and direct democracy on the ballot
On November 8, around 170 million United States (US) voters will be called to the polls for the midterm elections, but while the world focuses on the House majority it is easy to forget that in 37 states voters will also be asked to decide on 132 ballot questions. Ballotpedia...
13-09-2022
Upgrading citizens participation must be at the centre of State of the Union
On 9 May 2022, the year-long Conference on the Future of Europe concluded and published its work. While the final report of the Conference provides an ambitious programme for Europe, the follow-up remains to be seen and implemented.   
06-09-2022
Tunisia: A U-turn from democracy
Once regarded as the sole democracy that has emerged from the mass protests of the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia is now experiencing extensive setbacks in its path to democracy. In a referendum on August 16th Tunisia adopted a new constitution implementing a presidential system...
Direct democracy is back in the 21st century
31-08-2022
Direct democracy is back in the 21st century
The book entitled Direct democracies has just been published in French following several others is situated in the context of a broad demand for direct democracy in France since...
Chile’s new constitution: An unstable path to the countries future
31-08-2022
Chile’s new constitution: An unstable path to the countries future
When in 2019, protests following proposed rises in subway fairs escalated into a broader movement about the country’s constitution, Chile began its long and complicated path towards changing its political system. In 2020, with a voter turnout of almost 50%, Chileans voted...
The Michigan Freedom for Reproductive Rights Campaign and the power of the Citizens Initiative
31-08-2022
The Michigan Freedom for Reproductive Rights Campaign and the power of the Citizens Initiative
Politics encompassing a moral dimension often garner considerably more controversy being, as Christopher Mooney puts it, “the validation of a particular set of fundamental values” rather than being viewed and assessed in purely practical terms. The potential for conflict...
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31-08-2022
Democracy Camp
What forms of political co-determination exist in Switzerland and surrounding countries? Which of them work well and why? During the Democracy Camp - a camp that brings together more than 50 youth and young adults - participants can exchange ideas on this topic, share their...
ECI Day 2022
28-06-2022
European Citizens’ Initiative: 10-year anniversary!
The European Union, since its inception in the 1990s, has attempted to build its political foundations on the power of collective action and unity. The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) was first proposed with the intent of giving more power to the people.

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