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Direct democracy Initiative launched to stop relaxation of Swiss arms exports

Campaigners have launched a people’s initiative to prevent the Swiss government from relaxing rules for exporting arms to conflict-ridden states.

This content was published on December 11, 2018 2:53 PM

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Cassis on human rights ‘The more we take democracies for granted, the less prepared we are to defend them’

The Swiss foreign minister says human rights and democracy remain at the heart of Switzerland’s agenda, as the UN human rights declaration turns 70.

Money for nothing Unconditional Swiss income experiment fails to get funding

A programme that would have paid Swiss villagers CHF2,500 a month in unconditional basic income has failed to raise sufficient funding.

This content was published on December 4, 2018 4:37 PM

Social detectives Do the Swiss have a weakness for surveillance?

On Sunday, almost two-thirds of Swiss voters approved the use of private investigators by insurance companies to catch fraudsters.

Swiss Abroad Swiss expats clearly reject ‘Swiss law first’ initiative

Swiss citizens living abroad came out very strongly against a proposal to put the Swiss constitution above international law.

Upset Bern corporate tax cuts flop at ballot box

Voters in canton Bern rejected a proposal to lower corporate taxes, dealing a surprise blow to the government and parliament.

This content was published on November 25, 2018 5:14 PM

Historic vote weekend Champions League finals for modern direct democracy

From ski races to cow horns, nuclear power and electoral reforms, it's a busy weekend for participatory democracy around the globe.

Offbeat democracy Bizarre or idealistic? Swiss initiatives come in all forms

The Swiss can vote on cow horns, footpaths or even minarets: issues that may seem exotic, attracting worldwide attention.

Direct democracy Taiwan’s young democracy has Swiss genes

Taiwanese voters get first taste of direct democracy with more than ten referendums up for vote.