A referendum to save referenda

When Berliners voted to protect Tempelhofer Feld as a public park in 2014, it was seen as a key success for direct democracy in the Hauptstadt. But less than two years later, the Berlin senate overturned the decision to allow construction on the site, saying it was necessary to build housing for refugees.

So what have refugees gained through this decision? Is it really as simple as refugee housing vs. public park? And how come politicians can so easily overturn decisions made by the public? I spoke to a member of the campaign that wants to give direct democracy a greater voice in Berlin.

Published on the Give Something Back to Berlin blog

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