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02-07-2013
A chat with Greek activists
In Greece many people search for alternative ways to organise their society. At an event in Athens on July 8 they discussed their ideas about the necessary changes of the political system. Among the visitors were Greek activists fighting against the privatisation of water supply...
25-06-2013
Erwin from Austria: “Direct Democracy makes people happier”
Erwin Leitner is one of the leading activists behind mehr demokratie!, a nonpartisan organisation that works towards implementing direct democracy at all political levels in Austria. Together with his friend Erwin Mayer he has set up the organisation, which primarily aims at...
07-06-2013
The failed referendum in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
More than 90 per cent of the people, who cast their vote in the local referendum organised in the town of Stara Zagora, Central Bulgaria, answered positively to the question whether the Zmeyovo testing ground should be closed down. However, the referendum held on 26 May 2013...
22-05-2013
Dutch activist on direct democracy in Athens
On Friday, 10 May, Arjen Nijeboer, spokesperson of the Dutch Referendum Platform, gave a lecture on direct democracy in the Floral Café, an alternative café and bookshop in the heart of Athens. On Friday, 10 May, Arjen Nijeboer, spokesperson of the Dutch Referendum Platform,...
21-05-2013
Support “Let Me Vote”, the ECI to give EU citizens full voting rights!
Democracy International supports the European Citizens’ Initiative “Let me vote!” and therefore calls upon every EU citizen to sign the initiative. Like Democracy International, Let me vote! pursues the goal of accomplishing democracy in the EU by removing the democratic deficit...
14-05-2013
Hype in the Hauptstadt: Collecting signatures at midnight in Berlin
Crawling pubs on a Friday night in Prenzlauer Berg, one of Berlin’s hip districts, chatting up guys in bars that have as special names as “Zu mir oder zu Dir” (“to me or to you”) and getting their autographs. This is not the latest marketing idea to line up men and women in...
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06-05-2013
Democracy International: New Council for countries
On Saturday, 4th May 2013, Democracy International formally established the Council in its headquarters in Cologne, Germany.      
03-05-2013
ECI „Water is a Human Right“ ready for submission to Commission
More than seven countries reach necessary quorum - Yesterday, the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) "Water is a human right" jumped over the last hurdle to qualify for the European Commission as a law proposal.  
24-04-2013
Direct democracy in Hungary - powerful?
Hungary was and still is among the few countries in which people can initiate a referendum from below. The government has changed the constitution of 1990 in 2011 and with this also the rules of initiatives. What has changed and what are the consequences? The FIDESZ Party...
15-04-2013
Ireland: Convention paves way for referendum on same-sex-marriage
 As an exercise to modernise Ireland’s constitution, the constitutional convention met in Dublin on 13 and 14 April 2013 to discuss the introduction of same-sex-marriage in the Republic of Ireland. At the end of the weekend meeting the members, 100 Irish citizens and...

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