The day before the vote
Today it is the last day on which newspapers are allowed to report on the referendum campaign. So it was interesting to see, what were their last messages. I counted the articles and photos in the Irish Times, Irish Examiner and Irish Independent which give the stage to the yes...
ERC Video Competition
Andi Häusler from Bavaria has won the ERC Video competition with his entry called Decicions. In his video he reminds us how more and more decisions are taken away from us. A cleverly done criticism of the EU reform process that's worth watching for everyone.
EU Reform Treaty vs. EU Constitution - same or not the same..
In 2004 the EU-leaders decided to establish a new EU Treaty. They intended to give the EU a constitution. But in 2005 the French and the Dutch population rejected this idea and voted "NO".
The Irish Lisbon Referendum
Of all the 27 countries of the European Union, Ireland is the only one which grants its citizens the right to decide upon the acceptance or rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. This gives the Irish voters a very special role which could be seen as a boon or a bane. On the one hand it...
Hamburg (Germany) Struggle for binding referendums
No one in Hamburg can avoid to mention the coming referendum initiated by a broad alliance led by our network partner Mehr Demokratie (More Democracy): 3.800 posters are put up all over the city. They invite citizens to take part in the ballot hold on 14 October.
New Book on Direct Democracy
A new handbook informs about the chances and limits of the European Citizens Initiative (ECI). The ECI found its way into the EU Constitution due to the work of Democracy International, the IRI Europe and others.
Greenpeace action proofs: Europeans need the initiative now
The citizens living in the European Union must get a say in political affairs on the EU level.
17. September 2006: Berlin 84 per cent want more democracy
A referendum was held in Berlin; this reform of legislation concerning direct democracy was part of a larger package of constitutional amendments.
Netherlands: Campaign launched
Netherlands: Activities for a European Citizens Initiative launched. Already more than 1.000 signatures have been gathered.
European Social Forum 2006
From May 4th to 7th, 2006, the 4th European Social Forum (ESF) was held in Athens, Greece. Andrew Tompkins and Thomas Deterding flew there from Berlin to represent Democracy International and to urge other organizations to push for direct democracy in the European Union. Below...