More democracy

Demand for "more democracy" (picture Open Europe)

A report from the European Citizens Initiative campaign from the European summit. They are of course happy that the direct democracy provision from the constitutional treaty remains in the new IGC mandate, but that’s not what caught my eye.

Their German affiliate organisation, Mehr Demokratie, took part in a public protest along with Open Europe outside the summit meeting: life-size cardboard cut-outs of the government leaders with their fingers in their ears, not listening. See the pictures here: http://www.openeurope.org.uk/media-centre/article.aspx?newsid=1934

The two organisations make an odd couple. One complains that the heads of government are not listening to public demands for a constitution, the other that they are ignoring public opinion against one.

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