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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.
Ukrainian Vibes - European Public Sphere in Cologne, Germany
28-06-2022
Ukrainian Vibes on Tour
Three months of intensive planning, networking and promoting have already passed since Ukrainian Vibes 2022  - European Public Sphere project began in April. Last Saturday, our four Ukrainian and German team members finally kicked off the tour in Cologne!  Right at the heart of...
Conference on the Future of Europe
28-06-2022
European Convention: What does it mean?
On the 24th of February 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine, there was a need for strong leadership and a unified response to counter Russia’s aggression. The EU, together with its allies from all around the world, was able to rise up and meet this demand. Since then, a newfound...
Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy 2022
28-06-2022
Home stretch: less than 100 days to the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy
Finally! After two years of pandemic-related uncertainty and a first-ever online edition, our much-anticipated Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy is taking place in person again. Over 300 direct democracy supporters from academia, administrations and civil society will meet...
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26-04-2022
AMLO vs. AMLO: the President who recalled himself
On April 10, Mexican voters had the possibility to remove President Andrés Manuel López Obrador from office. It was the first nation-wide recall referendum ever in Mexico, but the unorthodox use of the instrument was hotly debated.  By Caroline Vernaillen  
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22-04-2022
Lessons from the Conference on the Future of Europe: The EU must embark on a path to treaty change and a new European Convention
The Conference on the Future of Europe was launched on Europe Day, May 9, 2021 with plenty of political assurances from the EU about reinvigorating European democracy. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen avowed to launch a politically inclusive Conference which...
Image Welcome Back: Ukrainian Vibes – European Public Sphere
22-04-2022
Welcome Back: Ukrainian Vibes – European Public Sphere
For the further development of Europe and European civic rights, we are highly dependent on the functioning of Europe's hallmark: democracy. In a democracy we are always stronger together than alone. Exchanging our opinions and understanding each other is the only way to...
Image Might this month’s French elections be the prelude to another French Revolution?
22-04-2022
Might this month’s French elections be the prelude to another French Revolution?
The problems with these dismal elections are many—low turnout, moribund public debate, the popularity of politicians running as Putinist populists, and an uninspiring incumbent president, Emmanuel Macron. But at the heart of the French democratic recession is a void where local...
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25-02-2022
A referendum? The case of Belarus
When people talk about referendums, it is often assumed that it is a process that serves democracy; people can have a say and decisions are made in the interests of the people. According to the Direct Democracy Navigator, a referendum is a popular vote that takes place bottom-up...
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22-02-2022
Despite sufficient signatures - Why referendums can fail
Italy's Constitutional Court on Tuesday blocked an attempt to hold a referendum on euthanasia, transferring responsibility for legislation to national lawmakers who have long struggled to reach agreement on the right to euthanasia. The referendum on legalising the cultivation of...

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