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Mexico’s first national plebiscite: the wilting or blooming of direct democracy in Latin America?
On August 1 2021, Mexico celebrated its very first nationwide public consultation in the amidst of a heated controversy. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (widely known as AMLO) called for this sui generis so-called plebiscite asking the public to determine whether former...
The European Public Sphere is going on tour again!
The European Public Sphere is going on tour again. This time we are traveling to Ukraine. As part of ASA, four young professionals from Germany and Ukraine bring the tour to the virtual public sphere. It’s a joint project by Democracy International, Change Communication and the...
Participants discussed their motivations and experiences with direct democracy
On to the next decade!
On 30th June 2011 Democracy International was officially founded in the small town of Kortenberg, Belgium. The choice for Kortenberg was symbolic as it is the site of the first constitution in Europe to accord democratic rights to its citizens. Ten years later we celebrated...
A call for greater citizen participation in the CoFoE
On 19 June, the first plenary session of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) was held in Strasbourg. Democracy International joined partners from the Citizens Take Over Europe coalition in organizing two actions demanding better inclusion of citizens and civil...
Ukrainian vibes - Democracy across borders
The Ukrainian Vibes - European Public Sphere project in phase one offers a virtual stage to young people and their visions for the future of Europe and encourages them to become a more active part of society. In the four part online workshop-program, young participants learn...
“From petitions to decisions!” |  ABSTIMMUNG 21 is organising Germany’s first nationwide referendum
In preparation for the September 2021 elections in Germany, we have been organising the first nationwide direct vote (referendum) in German history - we call it ABSTIMMUNG21. By Evelyn Bodenmeier, Jessica Seip, Olaf Seeling, Daniel Schily and Gregor Hackmack (Board Chairs of...
Our last General Assembly in Rome
General Assembly: 3 July, 2021, 3:00-5:30 pm CEST
Dear Members of Democracy International, We hereby invite you to Democracy International’s next General Assembly to take place in an online conference via zoom on Saturday July 3, 3:00 - 5:30 pm CEST. The General Assembly takes place on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of...
A critical United Nations update is available
Since the 1940s, we’ve updated our technological infrastructure, so why shouldn’t we update our democratic infrastructure? By Caroline Vernaillen
European Public Sphere travels to Eastern Europe
The European Public Sphere is on tour again. This time we travel to Ukraine. As part of ASA, four young professionals from Germany and Ukraine will bring the tour to the virtual public sphere. It’s a joint project by Democracy International, Change Communication and the National...
Mini-Europe to discuss the future of Europe
The first European elections to directly elect the European Parliament took place in 1979. In 2012, the European Citizens’ Initiative as the world’s first tool of transnational direct democracy was born. And in autumn 2021, Europe’s very first citizens’ assembly will deliberate...


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