Ein Referendum (plural Referenden) ist eine Abstimmung aller wahlberechtigten Bürger über eine vom Parlament, von der Regierung oder einer die Regierungsgewalt ausübenden Institution erarbeiteten Vorlage. Es ist damit ein Instrument der direkten Demokratie. Da sich in einem Referendum die gesamte Wahlbevölkerung unmittelbar zu einer politischen Frage äußern kann, wird das Ergebnis der Abstimmung mit einem hohen Maß an politischer Legitimität ausgestattet. Referenden können sowohl international, supranational als auch innerstaatlich zur Anwendung kommen.
Artikel zum Thema Referendum
    • The EU and the Catalan Crisis

      The events of the past week in Catalunya (and of the weeks that will follow) are very serious and worrying. Catalunya is a region of a Member State of the EU that has begun a unilateral process of independence, disregarding the Constitution, its Statute of Autonomy and the opposition of half of the Catalan population. It’s a remarkable challenge for Spanish democracy.

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    • The Catalan Self-Determination Referendum Act: A New Legal Order in Europe

      Following my blog post from July 18, I would like to bring the readers of Verfassungsblog up to speed on the ‘secessionist process’ in Catalonia. For this purpose, let me briefly recall that the Catalan Referendum Draft Bill, which was presented to the public on July 3, sets the date of the referendum to October 1, 2017 and requires the Parliament to declare the independence ...

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  • One year after the Brexit Referendum: More, Fewer or No Referendums in Europe?

    … One year after the much-discussed Brexit referendum of 26 June 2016 ‒ and the European political and constitutional landscape is marked by questions concerning the desirability of referendums. The controversial Turkish constitutional referendum of 16 April 2017 is evidence, and so are calls for a referendum ratifying the Brexit deal…

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  • Five Variables of a Catalan Referendum on Independence

    … On 9 June 2017 the President of the Catalan Government, Carles Puigdemont, announced a referendum on Catalan independence. As seen in the past, however, it is likely that any further juridicial manifestation will be challenged by the Spanish Government before the Constitutional Court, and that the Court will declare void any action that poses…

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  • Die Verfassung des Vereinigten Königreichs

    … Man hört häufig die Theorie, Großbritannien, genauer gesagt: das Vereinigte Königreich von Großbritannien und Nordirland, habe keine Verfassung. Dabei stellen sich jedem Juristen die Nackenhaare auf. Denn jeder Staat hat eine Verfassung. Als „Verfassung“ bezeichnet man im Grunde nur den politischen Zustand eines Landes, also die Frage, wie es…

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  • Should we fear a Frexit?

    … of her election were to come true, how easy would it be for her to force France out of the European Union? What would a ‘Frexit’ look like? Would she have to go through a referendum? And if so, would it be binding or advisory? Would the hypothetical President encounter the same difficulties as the British Prime Minister did with the Miller case…

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  • Living Democracy in Romania: From Protest to Referendum ?

    …Political developments after EGO 13 In the aftermath of the adoption of Emergency Government Ordinance No. 13/2017 (EGO 13) in the night of 31 January 2017 aiming at decriminalising abuse of office and other corruption-related offences, events went on rapidly in Romania. The attempt to surreptitiously pass legislation changing the Criminal Codes…

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  • Blowin’ against the Wind: the Future of EU trade Policy

    … experience of the EU with agreements such as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement (AA), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is another clear sign of this sentiment. As one may expect in any democratic society…

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  • Who Speaks in the Name of the People?

    … The attacks by part of the press in the UK upon the decision controlling the limits of the executive power in reference to the supposed “legitimacy” offered by the referendum in favor of leaving the EU is a dangerous practice from the perspective of the rule of law. The people are the “sleeping sovereign” as Richard Tuck has recently noted…

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