Switzerland’s unique form of direct democracy is praised around the world. But is it perfect?
A proposal to introduce a nationwide inheritance tax to fund old age pensions was one of four issues Swiss voters decided on when they went to the polls on June 14. The others included a constitutional amendment to allow genetic testing on IVF embryos; a reform of the funding system for public radio and television; and an initiative to harmonise criteria among cantons for awarding student grants. It was the second and final set of votes this year ahead of October's parliamentary elections.
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