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Andi Gross
27-09-2017
The rightwing AfD party has made it into the German Bundestag. What's up with democracy in Germany? Are the Germans not ready for direct democracy? And wouldn't nationwide referendums be dangerous in view of this election result? We asked the Swiss political scientist Andreas...
Daniel Schily
13-05-2015
What is our motivation? In this series of interviews, our board members present their ideas of direct democracy and the development of Europe's democratization process. They also talk about the key moment that triggered their activism. This is the seventh interview of our series...
Activists in front of the parliament of Northrhine-Westphalia
01-09-2014
On 1 September 2014, activists of Mehr Demokratie and Democracy International hang up 5000 tissues with the colours of the political parties in power in North-Rhine-Westfalia, Germany's most populated state. The aim was to remind the parliamentarians of their electoral promises...
Berlin Referendum Volksenscheid Tempelhof
26-05-2014
On 25 May Berlin’s citizens decided by referendum not to change the “Tempelhof Field” into an area of offices and building blocks as intended by the City Government of Berlin but to maintain the area as a green park and leisure area.  
Image of 3 per cent election threshold
26-02-2014
Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled today that the three per cent barring clause enacted in Germany for the European elections is unconstitutional.
Claudine Nierth
08-07-2013
Interviewing Claudine Nierth, born close to Hamburg, Germany in 1967, means speaking to an extraordinary person, led by ideals and ideas that concern the bettering of our societies through the means of direct democracy. How and why did she get active, what makes Claudine Nierth...
The campaign poster of the citizens' intiative in Berlin
08-01-2014
50 per cent of Berlin’s citizens want a law that stipulates to hold referenda on the same day as general elections in the city of Berlin. Also, most Berliners (66%) do not approve the fact that the city government had chosen another date for the referendum on re-communalising...
Sigmar Gabriel (Photo by blu-news.org, Flickr)
16-12-2013
The Social Democratic party vote to back the grand coalition of Conservatives and Social Democrats in Germany was successful. 76 per cent of party members opted in favour of the coalition deal that their top party leaders had negotiated with the Conservative Party two weeks ago...
Nude protest in Berlin. Photo by R. Neugebauer
28-11-2013
On Tuesday, 26 November 2013, we, Democracy International’s campaign team with many protesters gathered in front of the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin. Our aim was to demonstrate for the introduction of referendums at the national level in Germany,...
13-11-2013
On 13 November 2013, the coalition panel of Conservatives (CDU & CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) was to decide on a proposal to hold referendums at the national level in Germany. Up for popular vote would be policy decisions that involve transferring powers to the European...

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