From the Arab Spring to Brexit, from Trump to “fake” news: direct democracy is a hot topic. Reflective of this, Swiss students came up with the evocative hashtag #DearDemocracy for an event for which SWI swissinfo.ch was media partner. This is now the name of our platform on modern direct democracy, the most important topic addressed by swissinfo.ch. This article explains what is behind #DearDemocracy.
Brexit, right-wing populists and right-wing extremists grasping for power in Germany, France, Austria and the Netherlands. 8 November, and Trump is elected the new US president: 2016 was one long, loud wake-up call for democracies and for the world as a whole.