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19-01-2017
Liberals and centre-right demand EU convention
Alongside the elections of Antonio Tajani as new President of the European Parliament on 17 January 2017, the Parliament’s centre-right and liberal groups decided to start a “reflection on the future of Europe”. A new EU Convention to prepare a new EU Treaty could be an outcome...
German TV news announcing the word of the year 2016
10-01-2017
Why "Post-Truth" is a convenient lie
The German Association for Language named “postfaktisch” its word of the year for 2016, following the Oxford Dictionaries, which chose “post-truth” as its word of 2016 internationally. The problem is that all this usage hasn’t made “post-truth” any more helpful, or accurate, in...
The team of Democracy International
19-12-2016
On with the Struggle!
2016 was a challenging year for Democracy International and for all the people who are striving for more democracy and more co-determination in the world. Challenging because (direct) democracy was attacked and criticised and the attempt was made to dump it onto the political...
Matteo Renzi
01-12-2016
Italy rejects constitutional reform
On Sunday, 4 December 2016, Italian voters decided by referendum not to change the Italian constitution to reform the appointment and powers of the Parliament as well as the partition of State and Regions and administrative entities.   On Sunday, 4 December 2016,...
Joe Mathews on the US elections, Source: Zocalo Public Square
10-11-2016
Why We All Need to Leave the Country After This Election
Now that the election is over, are you leaving the country? If not, you ought to reconsider. I’m not kidding. Yes, a handful of our fellow Californians—prominent citizens from Samuel L. Jackson and Bryan Cranston to Miley Cyrus and Barbra Streisand—proclaimed themselves so...
08-11-2016
Follow live: Global Forum in San Sebastian
From 16 to 19 November 2016, 200 people from across the world will come together in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, to address the questions if direct democracy is in retreat or on the rise. The gathering forms the sixth Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy that aims at...
Balancing the Volcano
31-10-2016
Democracy in Iceland: Balancing the Volcano
On Saturday, 29 October 2016, parliamentary elections were held in Iceland: The Independence Party emerged as the largest in the Althing, the Icelandic parliament, winning exactly one third of the 63 available seats. The Progressive Party, which had won most seats in 2013, lost...
Zoltán Pozsár-Szentmiklósy
29-09-2016
“The refugee vote is a misuse of political communication”
On Sunday, 2 October, Hungary’s eight million eligible citizens were to decide in a plebiscite whether Hungary should accept the European Union’s quota system for asylum seekers. Ahead of this vote, Democracy International has interviewed Zoltán Pozsár-Szentmiklósy, an Assistant...
Results of Swiss referendum day, 26 Sept. 2016, Source: swissinfo.ch
26-09-2016
Swiss opt for stronger secret services
Sunday, 25 September 2016, was this year's third "Decision Day" in Switzerland: Swiss voters were called to the ballot box to decide on a number of initiatives and referendums. Democracy International board member Bruno Kaufmann, editor-in-chief of...
Alternative Family Photo: Democratic Europe Now!, Dome for Democracy, Bratislava
21-09-2016
Next General Assembly of Democracy International
The next general assembly of Democracy International is to take place in Donostia San Sebastian, Spain, on 19 November 2016 (Time: 2:30 pm to 5:15 pm, venue: Donostia/San Sebastian City Hall, Ijentea No. 1, 20003 Donostia/San Sebastian) We look forward to meeting you. In case of...

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