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Liam McArthur points out where he lives on the Orkney Islands
Scottish views on independence
On 18 September 2014, Scottish citizens will vote in a referendum on whether Scotland should become an independent state. Our board member Bruno Kaufmann has travelled to Kirkwall, the Capital of the Orkney Islands and met with Liam McArthur, member for Orkney at the Scottish...
Activists of Piu Democrazia in front of Trient's Palazzo della Regione on 16 July 2014
"Italy's politicians act like living on another planet"
In Trentino, an autonomous province of Northern Italy, the direct democracy initiative “Più Democrazia in Trentino” (More Democracy in Trentino) has been working for years on realising a bill for citizen participation. On 16 July 2014, the local council of Trentino held a...
Maroš Šefčovič. Photo by Audiovisual Services of European Commission
Maroš Šefčovič backs ECI App
European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has epxressed his strong support for Democracy International's fundraising campaign for an ECI App that will allow smartphone users to sign a European Citizens' Initiative with one single click. Maroš Šefčovič is responsible for...
Michael Efler of Mehr Demokratie and Maritta Strasser of Campact in Brussels. Photo by Felix Kindermann
ECI demands: Stop negotiations for TTIP and CETA
On Tuesday, 15 July, activists of "Stop TTIP" brought forward their motion for registration of a European Citizens' Initiative at the European Commission. The initiative “STOP TTIP” asks the EU Commission to recommend to the EU Council of Ministers to repeal the negotiating...
Christian Felber
Christian Felber supports ECI app
Christian Felber is an Austrian freelance journalist, book author and international lecturer. Co-founder of Attac Austria, he initiated the projects “Democratic Bank” and “Economy for the Common Good”. Christian Felber, who lives in Vienna, Austria, thinks that direct democracy...
Smári McCarthy, Image by SHARE Conference, Flickr
Open data activist from Iceland supports ECI App
Smári McCarthy is an Icelandic/Irish software developer and information activist. He is a board member of the International Modern Media Institute based in Iceland. Smári McCarthy actively supports our call for donations for an ECI app.
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Uruguay: Champion of direct democracy
With a great performance in the qualifying round of the world cup 2014, the small country of Uruguay gained respect by many. In terms of direct democracy, the country bordering Brazil in the South is already a champion. Uruguay has a long and rich tradition of citizen lawmaking...
Protests against TTIP in Berlin, Image: Mehr Demokratie e.V.
ECI against TTIP and CETA to start soon
Organisations from all across Europe are currently gearing up for a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with the aim of repealing the European Union’s negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade Investor Partnership (TTIP) and not concluding the Comprehensive Economic and...
Activists of the Initiative for More Democracy in South Tyrol
False Promises by South Tyrolean's People’s Party
In Italy’s autonomous province of South Tyrol, the introduction of new direct democracy legislation faces more difficulties than expected. This is because promises by Arno Kompatscher, newly elected governor (or “Landeshauptmann”) of South Tyrol in January 2014, does not keep...
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Special World Cup Information
As we count down the final hours before the start of the fifa world cup, the whole world is in a feverish state of excitement – and our office in Cologne also. While discussing all sorts of questions concerning the fitness level of the teams, the tactic to be applied and the big...


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