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Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 15:54
Many in Iceland are hoping parliament will pass a constitution written in an unprecedented grassroots initiative, spurred by the onset of the financial crisis. But politics as usual may get in the document's way.
Time is running out, acknowledges parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir with a sigh. She's hoping that the Icelandic parliament, the "Althing," will approve the new constitution. That's one of the last things left to do in this session before a general election in April. However, she's worried that critics will block it.Read more...
Published on Thursday, 07 February 2013 18:30
A new form of participation on the state level, citizens' initiative, was taken into use in Finland on 1 March 2012. It offers citizens a possibility to have their initiative considered by the Parliament. The objective of the new system is to promote free civic activity.
According to the new provision in the Constitution, which entered into force in the beginning of March, at least fifty thousand Finnish citizens entitled to vote have the right to submit an initiative for the enactment of an Act to the Parliament. The Act on citizens' initiative includes provisions on the procedure to be followed when organising a citizens' initiative.Read more...
Published on Sunday, 27 January 2013 23:00
When the global financial system crumbled over four years ago, Iceland played host to one of the most dramatic economic collapses in modern history. Its three largest banks were unable to refinance debt roughly ten times the size of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), causing one of the world's wealthiest nations to limp with hat in hand to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Read more...
Published on Thursday, 10 January 2013 17:32
The first meeting of the convention on the Constitution will gather later this month.
The voting age and the length of the term of the presidency will be debated and examined by the convention 100-member panel during a two-day assembly on Jan 26 and 27 at the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin.Read more...