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70 years of pensions Swiss pension system marks a milestone - and a turning point

One of the most important referendums in Swiss direct democracy is 70 years old. Once the country’s pride and joy, it’s now a problem child. 

people's initiative Will Switzerland get rid of pesticides?

A group of citizens is collecting signatures for an initiative aimed at banning the use of synthetic pesticides. It is up against powerful opponents.

Jura conflict Why the vote in the Swiss town of Moutier was historic

It may have been just a local ballot, but it marked a decisive stage in a long-term Swiss territorial conflict.

People and predators Wolves: welcome or worrying?

Should an area in south-western Switzerland be a predator-free zone? A local initiative wants to eliminate protected species like wolves.

Jura conflict All the ingredients for a Swiss civil war

Religion, language and a social divide: the conflict had all the elements for an escalation. Luckily, Moutier is doing it the peaceful way.

Myths and reality Swiss federalism changing with the times

The Swiss model of democracy has given way to a more centralised system, researchers argue in a new book.

Liberland How a micro-nation was inspired by Switzerland

The new micro-nation Liberland wants to take political self-determination for citizens even further than the Swiss form of direct democracy.

Direct democracy Can the ballot box help save Romansh?

Switzerland’s oldest language is threatened with extinction. Can voting help save Romansh? And who should be allowed to decide?

Bern or Jura? A divided Swiss village heads to the polls


For the Swiss town of Moutier, the question of which canton to join – and their cultural identity – has been simmering for decades.

Cost control In Switzerland, citizens have the last word on money matters


If citizens in the Swiss town of Aarau think that their politicians plan to waste too much money, they can interfere using a special veto power.