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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at WDR Europaforum in Berlin
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...
The narrow vote is decided by the Landamman of Glarus
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.
An old envelope with the heading: Top secret. Photo by Nina M., Flickr
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...
The participants of the Danube Democracy Rally in Budapest
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.
The participants of the Danube Democracy Rally in Bratislava
Danube Democracy Diary: Second Stop Bratislava
Our democracy friends of the civic association "Direct democracy" (OzPD) cordially welcomed us in Slovakia's capital. On our agenda were a big democracy conference in the Slovak parliament, a visit to the historic town hall, presentations by campaigners and the general assembly.
The participants of the Danube Democracy Rally in front of the Austrian parliament in  Vienna
Danube Democracy Diary: First Stop Vienna
On first April more than 50 democracy activists from as diverse countries as India, USA and Bulgaria came together in Vienna to join the Danube Democracy Rally. Our aim is to learn from each other, to deepen our knowledge on direct democracy and also to have fun together while...
An old envelope with the heading: Top secret. Photo by Nina M., Flickr
“Knowledge is power” - Austria towards more transparency
As power derives from the people in a democracy, citizens also should have control over governmental information. On Wednesday, 19 March 2014, our campaigner Daniel Lentfer held a speech in Vienna at the association of Austrian cities (“Österreichischer Städtebund”) in order to...
Empowering citizens through technology in Colombia
Ahead of the Presidential elections that will take place in Columbia on 14 May 2014, we talked to  Renny Rueda Castañeda from Ecodemocracy, a civil society organisation that advocates direct democracy and more citizen participation through technological means in Columbia and in...
The logo of the ECI "Water is a human right"
EU Commission responds to ECI "Right2Water"
The European Commission today presented its official conclusion on how to proceed with the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Water is a Human Right”, the first ECI ever that qualified for submission to the European Commission. Speaking on behalf of the EU’s executive body, EU...


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