ECI ‘One of Us’ rejected
On 28 May, the European Commission refused the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘One of Us’, which aimed at ending the financing of research that destruct human life before birth.
Tempelhof in Berlin remains green for all
On 25 May Berlin’s citizens decided by referendum not to change the “Tempelhof Field” into an area of offices and building blocks as intended by the City Government of Berlin but to maintain the area as a green park and leisure area.
Super Election Days in Europe, 22 - 25 May
This week, the more than 400 million eligible citizens of the EU will elect the 751 Members of European Parliament for the next term. The Netherlands and the United Kingdom will start voting on Thursday, 22 May, Ireland and the Czech Republic will follow on Friday, and Latvia,...
Referendum in Denmark on Unified Patent Court this Sunday
Alongside the EU elections this upcoming Sunday, Danish citizens will vote on whether to join the Unified Patent Court (UPC). This international court to consist of all EU countries is predicted to enter into force in early 2015, once 13 of all participating countries ratified...
Secession Referendums in Ukraine a “farce”
The Western news broadly identify the referendums on secession from Ukraine as “illegal” and a “farce”, which were held on 11 May in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Ukraine’s Constitution and international standards of the conduct of referendums prove that this labelling is...
German Finance Minister wants EU Treaty Reform
"Which Europe do we want?" was the topic of a conference organised by the German public broadcasting channel WDR and hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Berlin today. High-ranking politicians from Germany and Europe, amongst those Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban...
Bulgaria: Is direct democracy an instrument for people or politicians?
In Bulgaria, direct democracy has been a big topic during the last few months due to a referendum proposal made by the Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev. Democracy International member Ivailo Georgiev from Bulgaria reports on the issue of flawed referendum legislation in the...
Cool and Calm: Direct democracy in Switzerland
Witnessing Swiss citizens practising direct democracy and learning from experts how the system works – this was the aim of the journey to the Swiss Confederation from 2 – 4 May 2014, organised by our partner organisation Mehr Demokratie e.V.
Lacking Transparency requires Democracy Update of EU
Transparency International (TI) published its first report on corruption and integrity risks in the institutions of the European Union on 24 April 2014. The report – the first one on this issue – finds that the foundation of EU anti-corruption and anti-fraud measures is solid in...
Danube Democracy Rally: Third Stop Budapest
Csaba Madarasz, a political activist from Budapest and member of Democracy International, had organised for us our stay in Hungary's capital. From 6 - 9 April we enjoyed a rich programme of sightseeing, political debate and exchange with Hungarian civil society groups.