Germany: Referendum votes bring praise from direct democracy supporters

Tue, Jul 20 2010 — Source: Deutsche Welle

In a referendum in the city-state of Hamburg at the weekend, the state government’s proposed education reforms were rejected. The “nay” vote was at least partly responsible for the resignation of Mayor Ole von Beust. The Hamburg poll came just weeks after a headline-making referendum in Bavaria, in which a 61 percent majority voted in favor of a strict public smoking ban.

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