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Action day by "Stop TTIP" in Berlin on 11 Oct. 2014, Phto by Jakub Huber, Flickr
„Stop TTIP“ running
On Saturday, 11 October 2014, thousands of people throughout Europe protested against the European Union’s plans to conclude the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the USA and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. The the...
A screenshot of the new transparency portal in Hamburg
Capital of transparency is online
On 1 October 2014, the German city of Hamburg officially launched a website that allows citizens to openly access the city’s public documents. The new “transparency portal” is the result of transparency legislation that our German partner organisation Mehr Demokratie had...
Photo by Dauvit Alexander, Flickr
Scotland: A true victory for people power
The citizens of Scotland have decided. Against full independence. But also for more democratic powers for all citizens. In a fascinating process, which could become a model for how to conduct a referendum on sovereignty, Scotland’s conversation on people power can now inspire a...
The participants of Democracy International's Summer Academy, September 2014
Summer Academy 2014: Seeds planted!
From 8 to 12 September democracy activists from all over Europe gathered in the German city of Wittenberg, close to Berlin, to learn how to implement and develop a democracy organisation. The summer academy was organised by Democracy International.
Protests against TTIP in Berlin, Image: Mehr Demokratie e.V.
European Commission rejects ECI "Stop TTIP"
On 11 September the European Commission announced to reject the registration of the European Citizens' Initiatve "Stop TTIP", which an alliance of civil society groups had proposed to the EU's executive body in mid July 2014.  Mehr Demokratie e.V., Democracy International's ...
Activists in front of the parliament of Northrhine-Westphalia
Tying tissues for better direct democracy
On 1 September 2014, activists of Mehr Demokratie and Democracy International hang up 5000 tissues with the colours of the political parties in power in North-Rhine-Westfalia, Germany's most populated state. The aim was to remind the parliamentarians of their electoral promises...
Scotland, Independence, Referendum
Scotland: "I still have not made up my mind"
Kate Forsyth, is a 24 year-old research psychologist who recently graduated from the University of Glasgow. She shares with us her personal views on Scottish independence ahead of the referendum to take place in Scotland on 18 September 2014.
The Croatian Parliament,
Croatia moves to toughen referendum rules
Embarrassed by the success of right-wing groups in overturning government policy through referendums, the Croatian authorities are changing the rules.
John D Wright at home in Perthshire, Scotland
"I'll vote with my mind and heart"

John D Wright is a British Oxford graduate, who teaches Latin, Classical Greek and Ancient History at the Glenalmond College in Perthshire, Scotland. His educational achievements in several countries like the United States and Italy shaped his life. The 64 year-old academic...
Marcus Buit
“Ambition and talent shine through any political plan”
Marcus Buist, a 19-year-old man from Scotland, shares his opinion about the upcoming independence referendum with our intern Nimet Karavelioglu. The young man will be studying Ancient History, International Relations and Philosophy at St.Andrews. This is the first of a series of...


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