1. The Next Big Thing

    Publication date: January 20, 2011

    In late 2009, Europe was given a new “constitution” with the Lisbon Treaty. Now, two years later, one of the key innovations of this new treaty, the European Citizens’ Initiative, is about to become fully operational. For the very first time in world history, citizens across national borders will be able to determine the common political agenda by way of a transnational direct democratic procedure.