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A referendum? The case of Belarus
When people talk about referendums, it is often assumed that it is a process that serves democracy; people can have a say and decisions are made in the interests of the people. According to the Direct Democracy Navigator, a referendum is a popular vote that takes place bottom-up...
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Despite sufficient signatures - Why referendums can fail
Italy's Constitutional Court on Tuesday blocked an attempt to hold a referendum on euthanasia, transferring responsibility for legislation to national lawmakers who have long struggled to reach agreement on the right to euthanasia. The referendum on legalising the cultivation of...
Wishes, Plans and Goals: Democracy International 2022
After Democracy International celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021, we are now setting sail for another decade. Motivated and with a lot of confidence, we start the new year with many wishes, plans and goals. By Josephine Schnee
Parliamentarians from around the globe call for UN reform
Over 120 members of parliament from over 40 countries have lent their support to our ongoing We The Peoples campaign. In a statement released on 26 January 2022, they are backing the call for three institutional changes to the United Nations (UN) to strengthen its democratic...
A deep dive into democratic institutions: 'Rules of the Game'
Every two weeks the political economic Stephan Kyburz publishes an exciting episode of his podcast ‘Rules of the Game - discussing democratic institutions’ on a highly interesting, political topic. In the future, our newsletter will always include a...
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Democracy despite crisis
Clara Egger is a professor of international relations at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, focusing on the role of citizens and their power in contemporary democracy.  In addition to this work, Egger is also leader of the EXCEPTIUS project, which analyses...
Good governance goes hand in hand with democratic renewal: the case of Bulgaria
Corruption has reigned over Bulgaria for a long time which has made society vulnerable and reduced its political trust. We talked with Daniela Bozhinova, board member at Democracy International e.V. and chairperson of the Bulgarian Association for the Promotion of Citizens...
Palermo Climate Declaration: Promises and Compromises
Democracy International’s intern Darragh Power gives in inside on the TRANSEUROPA Assembly in Palermo that took place in October 2021. Traveling to Sicily, he attended the assembly as a participant. His experiences, impressions and thoughts on the event build the basis of this...
Europe’s big democratic experiment: the good, the bad, and the ugly
In mid-September, the first stage of the European democratic experiment began: 800 randomly selected citizens, meeting across five European cities and online to draft proposals under the nine categories of the future of Europe. What is our assessment of the Conference on the...
6 countries, 6 places of remembrance and 12 Dome Talks
6 countries, 6 places of remembrance and 12 Dome Talks – that was the motto of this year's European Public Sphere „Remember tour“. Supported by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, the Remember Tour was a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Schuman...


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