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Sign the petition - Now the Citizens
10-05-2019
#NowTheCitizens are demanding a democratic reform of the EU
In times of declining confidence and criticism of the functioning of the European Union, the upcoming European elections are one of the most critical elections in our common European history. The current institutional framework and the top-down hierarchy of European agenda-...
Q&A session with Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission ©EU/2019
09-05-2019
ECI Day 2019: Digital Voices
On April 2, 2019, the ECI Day took place for the 8th time. It was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and co-organised by Democracy International, as well as by the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) and The ECI Campaign. Beyond that, the Bertelsmann...
From the United Nations to United Citizens (Photo: Democracy International)
08-05-2019
From United Nations to United Citizens
When it comes to direct democracy, we often look at the local level. The reasoning being that it is simply more feasible for citizens to take influence when it comes to well-defined, nearby issues. But democratic participation matters on all levels, even where it might be harder...
The #EPForgetUsNot action in front of the European Parliament
14-03-2019
The revised European Citizens' Initiative is finally here
After two long years of us reporting about the European Citizens’ Initiative’s (ECI) reform, we are happy to finally announce that the new regulation of the ECI has been approved! For the first time ever, the ECI will see concrete structural improvements and become a more user-...
About the referendum
13-03-2019
The spirit of 1979
Matt Qvortrup is Professor of Political Science at the University of Coventry and an expert on referendums. In his new book, The Referendum and Other...
Participants of the Study Tour - Photo by Jan Hagelstein
12-03-2019
Face-to-face with the Citizens of the Irish Assembly
Ireland is perhaps one of the most publicised examples of the phenomenon of citizens’ assemblies, or randomly-selected citizens that deliberate important national issues. The Irish Citizens’ Assembly and its predecessor, the Constitutional Convention, have resulted in three...
Dome in Rome
12-03-2019
The European Public Sphere sets out on a BeNeLux tour
Just before the European Elections, the moment has arrived: the Europe Dome is going on tour again! And it will be exciting: 11 stops, our current maximum, and three new countries. On the respective dates, there will be two to three talks under the dome. Aside from the invitees...
22-02-2019
Listen: The Real Story - Are referendums ever a good idea?
This week, Democracy International made the case for more citizen participation on the BBC's The Real Story. The panel discussion with Professor Matt Qvortrup of Coventry University, Dr. Alexandra Cirone of Cornell University and Caroline Vernaillen of Democracy International...
Minister of State Michael Roth reacts to the first results from our HomeParliaments project
30-11-2018
HomeParliaments present results with German Minister of State Michael Roth
The first round of HomeParliaments, a pioneer project by Pulse of Europe, Democracy International and Dr. Raban Fuhrmann, was concluded on 30 October with an event in Berlin. At the closing event, German Minister of State Michael Roth responded to the question "How should the EU...
Meer Democratie
30-11-2018
Belgians push towards more people power on local level
On 14 October, Belgians went to the polls for the municipal elections, which always take place in the entire country on the same day. Ahead of the elections, our Belgian partner organization Meer Democratie surveyed candidates on their commitment to making citizen participation...

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