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Tax project 17 Linking corporate taxation and pensions: a risky compromise

This is an unprecedented political manoeuvre that may not go down well with ordinary citizens. 

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Rheinau experiment Hundreds of Swiss sign up for unconditional income

With more than enough willing participants, the experiment with the unconditional basic income is a step closer to reality.

Boost for expat Swiss group Opponents of e-voting suffer setback in parliament

Parliament has thrown out attempts to stall the permanent introduction of e-voting – a decision welcomed by the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad.

International Day of Democracy Even the world’s best democracy isn’t perfect

Switzerland’s system of direct democracy is admired by many, but it doesn't always get things right.

Vote September 23, 2018 Cost concerns eat away at support for food initiatives

Two proposals to promote sustainable agriculture in Switzerland and ethical food have seen a massive drop in support according to pollsters.

Point of view Sovereign food initiative: support your local farmers

The initiative for food sovereignty strengthens direct trade between farmers and consumers, write Ulrike Minkner and Mathias Stalder.

Point of view Sovereign food initiative: a vision with costly consequences

The sovereign food initiative proposes severe regulations with negative consequences for producers and consumers, writes Regine Sauter.

Fact check Does Switzerland produce half of all the food it needs?

So says the government as it tries to convince voters to reject a proposal calling for greater ethical standards in food production. Is it right?

Political campaigns 2019 The decade of ballot box upsets is over

Since the last parliamentary elections three years ago, the Swiss people have not adopted a single people's initiative. Is this a turning point?

Democracy Lab What is federalism?

In Switzerland, state power is spread over three levels: the federal government, the 26 cantons and the 2,222 municipalities.

Switzerland-European Union Swiss-EU relations are at a ‘dead end’

​​​​​​​German journalist Steffen Klatt takes a sober look at the state of relations between Brussels and Bern in his new book.

Tourism and tradition Calling off the sheepdogs in the Swiss Alps

The mountain dwellers in the area around the Gotthard Pass worry that their guard dogs not only scare off wolves and bears, but also summer visitors.