HISTORY THE DIRECT DEMOCRACY EUROPEAN MOVEMENT

“Should we examine not the definitions most people (incl. dictionary editors) give to the term “democracy” but the ways they use it speaking of our times we will discover that “the democracy” has nothing to do with self-government.”
James Bournham

Today, the mankind is once again facing the question what kind of a world we are living in? Is it possible to build a better and more just world order? Would not the future be marked by new wars, national hostilities, and ethnical conflicts? Would the superfluously rich world elite continue to direct the world’s political and economic processes?
Every epoch-making change is related to an epoch-making crisis in the traditional political ruling systems and models. The crisis the traditional democracy has fallen into turns the citizens into mere “spectators” not participating in decision making processes that are crucial for society. The parties have become symbol of corruption, personal favors, devaluation of universal values, lack of patriotism.
The new situation demands a new meaning of theory for democracy to be given. If democracy is “ruling through discussions” then debates lead to its true identity. Today we need to reconsider our ideas about what democracy should be, could be, and should not be. True democracy could not be a privilege to the chosen few calling themselves “elite”. It should unite citizens and stimulate them to take active part in all important decision making processes concerning the development of the society. Democracy exists when the relationship between the ruled and the rulers is subjected to the basic prerequisite, i.e. the state serving the citizens not the citizens to the state, the ruling existing thanks to the citizens and not vice versa.
On June 6th 2002 in Sofia, 190 people (members, friends and followers of the Liberal Democratic Party) guided by this idea established the Direct Democracy European Movement (DDEM). On the establishing meeting there has been voted a Central leadership (Coordination council). For a president of the movement has been elected Mr. Veselin Koshev.
Youth and Women Organization have been established, representatives of the movement in abroad have been selected.
Official guests at the forum were high-standing diplomats from foreign diplomatic missions, politicians and distinguished public figures.
The Direct Democracy European Movement is registered by Decision no. 1, dated 08.07.2003, Company File No. 7193/2003 of the Sofia City Court.
The Movement has representative offices in Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Libya, Russian Federation, Syria, France, Swithzerland and Sweden.
From the beginning of its establishment the DDEM carries out active internal and external international activities.
A visit has been paid in Azerbaijan, Austria, Algeria, Belarus, Great Britain, Vietnam, Greece, Egypt, Iran, Spain, Libya, Kazakhstan, Kenya, China, Cuba, Macedonia, Mozambique, Moldova, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, the USA, Slovakia, Serbia, Uganda, Ukraine, Hungary, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Turkey, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, South Africa, Japan and other countries.
The movement has organized and participated in twelve international seminars in Bulgaria, Iran, Libya, Slovakia and other countries in the period of 2003-2011.
The DDEM is an author of “Diplomacy without ties” initiative, as in the period of 2003-2011 there have been organized 114 visits of ambassadors and diplomats, accredited in Bulga-ria, in all regions of the country.
Meetings with official representatives of municipal and regional authorities have been carried out; cultural and historical landmarks have been visited.
The main topics being discussed at the international events were on the direct democracy as an alternative of the dominating political and ideological systems, the future of the political parties, the international changes and the challenges of the new world order .
During the above-mentioned period there have been conducted seven DDEM National Forums. There have been discussed the role of the civil society in the political and the social life of Bulgaria as well as other contemporary issues.
The future belongs to those who turn a friendly face to the nations around the world. This is the way to build a more just and humane world.