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14-06-2016
Brexit: Democratic analysis and criticism
On 23 June 2016, approximately 50 million eligible citizens will decide whether the United Kingdom is to remain in the EU or to leave the Union. Besides British people residing in the UK, also citizens from the Republic...
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06-04-2016
EU Commission blocks democratic reform
On Wednesday 6 April 2016, the organisations Democracy International, The ECI Campaign and Mehr Demokratie e.V. launched a petition to protest against the European Commission’s unwillingness to reform the European...
05-04-2016
First citizen-initiated referendum in the Netherlands
On 6 April 2016, the Netherlands’ 12 million eligible citizens will decide in a national referendum on whether to correct the Dutch Parliament’s decision to approve the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Following its...
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28-02-2016
“Enforcement Initiative” fails in Switzerland
On 28 February 2016, 58,9 per cent of Swiss voters opted against a citizens’ initiative that called for the automatic expulsion of non-Swiss offenders convicted of certain crimes. The turnout of 63 per cent was...
Direct democracy in action in Switzerland (Photo by swissinfo.ch)
22-02-2016
Swiss “Enforcement Initiative” threatens “rule of law”
Switzerland’s 5.2 million eligible voters have until next Sunday, 28 February, to vote in a national referendum on the so-called “Enforcement Initiative” launched by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP). This citizens’...
German chancellor Merkel and UK Prime Minister Cameron. Photo courtesy of Facundo Arrizabalaga/AP Photo.
19-02-2016
The EU needs a complete democratic re-start now
The compromise struck on 19 February between UK Prime Minister David Cameron and EU leaders on UK's relationship with the EU demonstrates that the European Union requires a complete democratic re-start. Instead of...
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04-12-2015
Global referendum should follow UN Climate Treaty
From 30 November to 11 December 2015, leaders of all UN member states are convening in Paris, France, to negotiate a legally binding and universal agreement on climate protection. Following more than 20 years of...
Members of the European Parliament. Source: European Parliament 2014, creative commons
28-10-2015
EU Parliament decides on reform of ECI
On 28 October 2015 the European Parliament in Strasbourg adopted a report on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) that contained many reforms the organisations Democracy International, Mehr Demokratie and WeMove.EU...
The constitutional committee voting on ECI reform proposals on 28 September 2015
28-09-2015
EU Parliament pushes for stronger EU Citizens' Initiative
On 28 September 2015, the Constitutional Committee (AFCO) of the European Parliament agreed on proposals to reform the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). This is the instrument that allows EU citizens to directly...
Members of the European Parliament. Source: European Parliament 2014, creative commons
23-09-2015
ECI Reform: Upcoming dates and events
The constitutional committee of the European Parliament (AFCO) has scheduled a decisive vote on the European Citizens' Initiative for Monday, 28 September 2015. In this session, the 49 members of this committee will...

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