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Leave National Referendums In 2016

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 01.16.2017 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

By Omeed Alerasool Of all the policy lessons to take away from 2016, here is a simple one: referendums should not be deciding major changes and refo...

Italy Votes In Referendum With Matteo Renzi's Future At Stake

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 12.04.2016 | World

Italians started to vote on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform which will decide the political future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who...

Why Colombia Will Emerge Stronger From the FARC Referendum Defeat

Samuel Ramani | Posted 10.18.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

Even though the failure of President Juan Manuel Santos's FARC peace deal is a major setback for peace in Colombia, many Western commentators have painted an overly pessimistic picture of Colombia's political future.

The Hungarian Referendum: A Defeat for Orbán But Will Anyone Profit?

Cas Mudde | Posted 10.02.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

It was supposed to be Viktor Orbán's masterstroke: a referendum on the EU quota plan for refugees. Last year he had already laid the groundwork by us...

Venezuela's Maduro Jeered, Dozens Detained, Activists Say

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.04.2016 | World

CARACAS, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities have arrested more than 30 people on Margarita island for heckling President Nicolas Maduro, activi...

Brexit Hurts: Reflections Of An American Expat

Bob Bragar | Posted 07.21.2016 | World
Bob Bragar

Ever since moving to the Netherlands twenty-two years ago from New York to marry my Dutch partner, I've been living as a "European". That cosmopolitan...

Why Climate Change Could be Brexit's Biggest Loser

J. J. Mitchell | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
J. J. Mitchell

Since the Brexit vote, the UK has focused on the immediate political, constitutional and economic implications. With the pound sterling down by roughl...

No LUVE in Santa Monica: The Problem with Real Estate Referenda

Bryan Schonfeld | Posted 07.13.2016 | Los Angeles
Bryan Schonfeld

Last week, the United Kingdom voted, via referendum, to leave the European Union, harming its economy and much of its political system in the process....

Citizen Referendum? I Vote "Needs Review."

Larry Schooler | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Larry Schooler

The use of a referendum in such high-profile ways, however, also suggests that governments must continue to examine and re-examine what it means to engage the public effectively--before a matter reaches the ballot. Are governments enabling those affected by decisions to affect those decisions, without ballots?

How To Make A Political Revolution

David Morris | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
David Morris

On June 14th, North Dakotans voted to overrule their government's decision to allow corporate ownership of farms. That they had the power to do so was...

Will Ireland Reunify After Brexit?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What will Northern Ireland do? Because if Scotland bolts, Ireland may actually unite once again as well. I have no idea what the chances of this actually happening really are, but the least you can say is that the chances would certainly be higher if Scotland does decide to go its own way.

A Very British Civil War

Dan Miles | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Dan Miles

The English language, as the British use it at least, is simply not designed for the situation we now find ourselves in. Somehow 'my what a pickle,' is never going to cut it, will never be able to describe a conflict that literally no one saw coming

Reform The Referendum: Brexit And The Limits Of Direct Democracy

Tom Ginsburg | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Ginsburg

Today direct democracy in the form of referendums and petitions, despite their drawbacks, seem to be popular; in some nations, such as Italy and Switzerland, the referendum is a regular part of the democratic process. But let's be clear: referendums are dangerous.

To Leaders Wanting To Hold A Referendum: Think Twice

Kristi Lowe | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Kristi Lowe

The Brexit outcome shows that politicians may want to think twice before turning to referendums as an easy solution for populist frustrations. Direct democracy is often anything but direct.

Brexit And Belonging: The Art Of Systemic Coaching And Constellations

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 06.28.2016 | World
Samie Al-Achrafi

The recent vote for the UK to leave the European Union was not just about the EU, but disaffection with the political system.

Britain's EU Commissioner Says He Is Resigning Following Brexit Vote

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 06.25.2016 | World

BRUSSELS, June 25 (Reuters) - Britain's representative on the EU executive in Brussels, Financial Services Commissioner Jonathan Hill, resigned on Sat...

Abraham Lincoln Predicted Brexit and Trump's Rise. Hillary Should Pay Attention

Ariel Moutsatsos | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Ariel Moutsatsos

On August the 21st, 1858 Abraham Lincoln said: Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succe...

This French artist is uniting Europe through art | Posted 06.22.2016 | Arts

At such a volatile time for inter-European relations, as the United Kingdom mulls over the upcoming referendum to remain or leave the European Union, ...

What's Behind The Economic Chaos In Venezuela

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.03.2016 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. This week, we speak with analyst and author Alej...

The EU Referendum Will Determine Our Future

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Bianca Jagger

The EU referendum will be one of the most significant decisions British citizens will ever have to make. The outcome will affect how the UK is governed, national security, the economy, human rights, the environment, culture... every aspect of our lives. It will define what it means to be British and could alter this country's relationship with the world for generations to come.

One Year Later: What I Learned From Ireland's Historic Campaign for Marriage Equality, and What the World Could Learn Too

Charlie Bird | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlie Bird

It feels like there is not much to celebrate on the first anniversary of a decision which saw Ireland embrace the equal rights -- and equal humanity -- of its LGBT citizens.

American Democracy: Progress and Relapse

David Morris | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In 1789 the franchise was restricted to white men, but not all white men. Only those possessing a minimum amount of property or paid taxes could vote. In 1800, just three states permitted white manhood suffrage-the right to vote-- without qualification.

Brexit: It's About More Than One Union

European Horizons | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
European Horizons

The situation we have here is that passionate voters are found on both sides of the argument, and economic considerations inform the remain and the leave campaigns. Therefore, undecided voters are left in a quandary as to who to believe.

Evo Morales loses chance at a fourth term

Linda C. Farthing | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Linda C. Farthing

Evo told the press February 24th after the vote count was confirmed that the results would be respected. "We have lost a battle but not the war. We will not give up; we will continue the struggle for the poor and future generations with more experience and even more commitment," he said.

A Moral, But Not Constitutional, Obligation to Hold a Referendum

Richard Albert | Posted 12.31.2016 | World
Richard Albert

The Liberal government should follow the Charlottetown precedent to give Canadians the opportunity to finally approve a major constitutional reform, in this case one that is long overdue.