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Unconditional basic income

Basic Income Money for nothing

As anxiety grows about technological disruption, the idea of a guaranteed basic income is being embraced by union leaders, libertarians and ...

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Asylum reform

Fast-track asylum Is this the future of handling asylum requests?

Voters will shortly decide on whether to speed up asylum procedures in Switzerland – reforms based on a pilot project in Zurich. Officials argue ...

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Preimplantation genetic diagnosis

Vote June 5, 2016 Swiss back genetic testing of embryos (again)

Switzerland is set to become the last country in Europe to allow in vitro embryos to be tested for genetic disorders before they are implanted in ...

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Boosting public services

Direct Democracy Companies: political players like any others?

The 'Pro Public Service' initiative, which will be put to the vote on 5th June, is unusual in that it was launched by a private company. Some ...

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Road traffic funding

Vote June 5, 2016 Are motorists the cash cows of Switzerland?

Following voters’ approval in February of a plan to build a second road tunnel through the central Alps, Switzerland’s car lobby is experiencing ...

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About 5.2 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the June 5, 2016 ballot.

Votes on a broad range of issues, as well as elections, also took place in many cantons and communes across the country.

It was the second in a series of up to four nationwide ballots this year.

Interactive graphic Vote results: June 5, 2016

Voters decided on five nationwide issues on June 5: the introduction of an unconditional basic income for all; how to implement a law on prenatal ...

Direct democracy What’s a referendum?

Switzerland gives its citizens the chance to play a direct part in political decision-making. Although direct democracy is not unique to ...

Direct democracy What’s a people’s or citizens’ initiative?

Swiss citizens can either propose legislation of their own, or work to defeat legislation already approved by parliament.

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