Posts tagged as democracy

What direct democracy could look like in Estonia

By Dario Cavegn on Monday, April 1, 2019

While EKRE chairman Mart Helme thinks that throwing out the Registered Partnership Act will be easy once the right to a popular referendum is in place, things aren’t quite as easy as that. In fact, at this point, there has been no talk at all about the formidable legal project that direct democracy really is. Here is an idea what it could look like in practice in Estonia. There are…

Europe has changed its mask

By Viktors Domburs on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

“Face” of peaceful and friendly Europe has changed. Europe even does not try any more to wear a mask of past tolerance. Tensions are constantly increasing. Unrest like wildfire is sweeping across Europe. Though riots caused by different events and decisions, political convulsions make Europeans feel uncomfortable. People are tired of being unheard by the authorities. Misunderstanding between ordinary people and authorities is more clearly visible, especially in the so-called…

Local democracy under threat in Latvia

Friday, December 21, 2018

The PES is deeply concerned about the attempts of government members in Latvia to dismiss elected local representatives in the country. A new law, which is currently under discussion, will allow the government to replace the democratically elected mayor of Riga and the current city council with a caretaking administration until possible snap elections in May. The attempt to suspend the democratically elected city council comes at a moment when…