Direct Democracy in California
It’s all about the money!? South Dakota 1897, Oregon 1902, California 1911, Arizona 1912 - direct democracy has a long history in some of the American states, and it’s actively used. To date, citizens’ initiatives have led to around 350 referendums each in California and Oregon...
From the Arab Spring to a European Summer
Political protests and riots are extensively shaping the current political landscape. In the beginning the focus rested on the Arab world; now demonstrations are taking place within Europe. Mehr Demokratie observes the incidents with great interest. Armin Steuernagel, member of...
Politics originate from the people
Since the 15th of May, demonstrations are a familiar picture in the Spanish everyday life. (The German organization) Mehr Demokratie talked about the Spanish protests to Manuel Marín-Ramos, a participant of the group ‘Democracia Real YA! Berlin’.
German Government Oversleeps the Electoral Law Reform
In a 2008 verdict, the Constitutional Court judges the current German voting law to be unconstitutional and demands a reform until June, 30th 2011. Although the deadline is quickly approaching, the governing parties CDU/CSU and FDP are yet failing to meet the ruling.
Democracy in Africa: The Kenyan constitutional referendum
Alan Masakhalia Wanga analyses the referendum, which was organised in Kenya last year. We are proud to publish this report about democracy in Africa.
Referendum on Stuttgart 21: Unfair quorum
On 20 April the Greens and the SPD announced that they had agreed to hold a referendum on Stuttgart 21 this autumn. This case is a clear example of how damaging unnecessary quorums can be to direct-democratic procedures.
Revival of Democracy International Website
On 18-19 April 2011 five activists from Democracy International (DI) met in Cologne for website training and to develop a new online communications strategy.
Tips for a Successful ECI
Today the regulation for the European Citizens‘ Initiative (ECI) enters into force and will be applicable in one year. That means that, starting on the 1st of April 2012, citizens’ initiative committees can register an ECI with the European Commission and start collecting...
A Serious Obstacle: ID Card Numbers and the ECI
The ECI Campaign believes the single greatest weakness of the final ECI regulation is that member states may require their residents to provide ID card numbers in order to support a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). Most member states (18 countries) currently plan to do so....
ECI Campaign Shifts Focus to ECI Implementation in Member States
During recent months and years, the ECI Campaign has diligently worked for a truly citizen-friendly and usable ECI — so this tool can fulfill its potential in democratizing the EU. Read more about what has been reached as well as the next steps and events to come in 2011.