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Observers declare a Bulgarian local referendum free and fair
Bulgarian Association for the Promotion of Citizens Initiative (BAPCI) was supported by Democracy International to observe a local referendum in the municipality of Nessebar on 28 February 2021. The observation results can be useful for other local referendums held during the...
In 2021, Democracy International will be part of the ASA Volunteer Program for the first time!
In 2021, Democracy International will be part of the ASA Volunteer Program for the first time! Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, ASA is one of the most renowned volunteer programs in Germany. We are very happy that our European...
Direct Democracy Goes Online
Michael Stanglmaier from e.V. in an interview about, a new online tool to promote direct democracy in Germany. Standing outside with a clipboard and talking to passers-by, setting up information stands, seeking personal dialogue at public events... All this,...
How do ordinary citizens view Germany’s role in the world?
On 20 February, the Citizens’ Assembly on Germany’s Role in the World came to an end and the results of the Assembly’s ten online meetings were published. The citizens’ recommendations on Germany’s global position will be handed over to the Bundestag on 19 March to be used in...
The UN we need: key UN report includes calls for World Citizens’ Initiative
The newly published UN75 report, that outlines the future citizens everywhere want for the United Nations, includes the strong call for a more democratic United Nations with, among other proposals, a...
The Conference on the Future of Europe: an Ode to the EU’s shortcomings
Much of what has gone wrong with the long-anticipated Conference on the Future of Europe is a direct reflection of what is wrong with top-down decision making in the European Union: non-transparent, bureaucratic, and long wait times until a final decision is reached. It has been...
HomeParliaments: Discussing European Solidarity
1500 participants, 12 Member States, 31 politicians. How did these all people come together despite the Covid restrictions? Our partners at Pulse of Europe discovered a corona-safe way to bring citizens together and connect them with...
Citizens' Assembly on "Germany's Role in the World"
On 13 january, the Citizens' Assembly on Germany's Role in the World was launched. Over the period of six weeks, the 160 participants drawn by lot discussed various...
A success for democracy: Chileans vote for a new constitution
The Sunday of the vote will probably go down in the history of the South American country. On 25th of October 2020, the people of Chile voted by a clear majority and with a turnout of almost 50% for a new constitution. By Anna-Lea Reinhart.
In the USA, direct democracy as a medicine against divisiveness
The fate of Donald Trump’s Presidency and the future of America weren’t the only choices confronting voters on November 3rd. In fact, the citizens in 32 states cast their vote and made their voice heard on 117 statewide ballot propositions. Of these, 41 were placed on the ballot...


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