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For a different democracy in Europe

Let’s make a step towards more democracy in Europe, using all the new tools we have available now.

In the short-term that means allowing for more direct democracy. Of course we need elected officials for the day-to-day decision making. But why not let the public have a direct say on some major issues. For the near future I can imagine an online platform for discussion, display of pro and con arguments and voting, to be used by all citizens of a country or all EU-citizens. That would surely vitalise our democratic culture!

In the long run education is the only path we can take to achieve a better democracy (and can dare to allow even more direct democracy).

Only through this way can we build a lasting Europe, and finally realise the ideals which originated in revolutions in Europe and the US, and now appeal to people all around the world.

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