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The constitutional committee voting on ECI reform proposals on 28 September 2015
29-09-2015
Europe one step closer to the citizens
On Monday, 28 September 2015, Europe came one small step closer to its citizens. The European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) collectively agreed on proposals for improving the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) and called on the European Commission to...
Roger de Weck, General Director of the Swiss broadcasting channel SRG SSR
27-09-2015
Journalism is the "Oxygen of Democracy"
What's the relationship between democracy and the media? This question had raised the Swiss public broadcasting channel SRG SSR​ at a conference that took place in Chur, Switzerland, on 25 September 2015. Democracy International is a media partner of the foreign broadcasting...
Adam Briggle (centre)
22-09-2015
“The state just overruled a democratic decision”
Adam Briggle is a member of “Frack Free Denton”, an alliance of citizens that banned hydraulic oil and gas drilling (“fracking”) in Denton, Texas, in November 2014. The successful protest against fracking was realised by means of direct democracy. It gained worldwide attention...
Poster of Clean-Lobbying-Event in Brussels on 3 September 2015
04-09-2015
Transparency proposals heard in Brussels
On 3rd September 2015, EU politicians, NGOS and practitioners came together in Brussels on the occasion of a conference to discuss how the EU can increase transparent decision-making. Democracy International’s proposals for an EU transparency law found strong resonance. During...
Gerhard Schuster
31-08-2015
"The 'Credit Initiative' is an answer to our crises"
Gerhard Schuster is one of the key initiators of the "Europe 2019 Credit Initiative", a project currently being formed by people from all across Europe. It aims at granting the right to interest-free credits for enterprises that serve the common good. The "right to credit" is to...
Sven Giegold, Member of European Parliament and Cora Pfafferott, representing Democracy International
25-08-2015
1695 care about clean politics in Brussels
On 25 August 2015, Democracy International handed over to Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament, people’s suggestions for how to end intransparent and unfair lobbying in the EU. 1695 Europeans had expressed their priorities in an online questionnaire that Democracy...
A touchable voting screen for ballot measures in the USA
20-08-2015
US California: Initiative fee raises from $200 to $2000
On Monday, 17 August 2015, the Senate of US California voted to increase the fee for filing a citizens’ initiative (‘ballot measure’ in US English) from $200 to $2,000.
Acticists of Democracy International
12-08-2015
20.000 people want reform of ECI
Democracy International is proud to announce that on 11 August 2015, the network of democracy activists reached its first target of 20,000 signatures in its campaign to improve the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). By signing the petition, 20,000 people from across the...
Citizens of Denton protesting against fracking, source: Flickr, Blackland Prairie Rising Tide
06-08-2015
No ‘Frack Free Denton’ in Texas
In the US city of Denton the Council has overruled a citizens’ initiative that had led to the banning oil and gas drilling. At a meeting on 4 August 2015, the Councillors decided to pass new rules for hydraulic fractioning (‘fracking’) although a citizens’ initiative (or ‘ballot...
Yanis Varoufakis at a discussion on Europe in Brussels on 7 May 2015
08-07-2015
Greek drama shows need for democratic revolution
The popular vote in Greece on the bailout terms on 5 July 2015 demonstrated the incompatibility between national democracies and international economic governance regimes. A reason for Democracy International to demand proper forms of modern direct democracy in both Greece and...

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