Pensions, spies and carbon footprint

A look at the issues put to voters on September 25, 2016.

Intelligence service reform
Smile: Swiss voters have just approved giving the federal intelligence service extra powers, such as bugging private phones and property
Switzerland’s intelligence service has won approval from citizens to step up surveillance activities to prevent terrorist attacks
The amended law allows intelligence service agents to tap computers and intercept emails
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Old age pension boost
No bigger pensions in sight: the 10% rise has been rejected.
Un aumento del 10% di tutte le rendite di vecchiaia: è quanto propone l'iniziativa popolare "AVSplus" su cui il popolo svizzero si esprimerà il 25 settembre 2016.
Battle of the generations? Actually political ideology seems to be more important when deciding whether to increase pension payments
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Sustainable economy
Renewable energy production was just one of the aspects of the initiative.
Switzerland is among the world leaders in recycling of glass and other material. But it also has a very high waste production proportional to its population 
Bags of PET bottles on a street in Trogen in canton Appenzell Ausserholden await collection for recycling.
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Cantonal votes
L'iniziativa "Prima i nostri" farà diminuire le colonne di frontalieri che entrano in Svizzera? 
Neuchâtel Castle: On September 25, local voters decided not to give foreign residents the right to stand for election at the cantonal level. Had they done so, it would have been a Swiss first.

About 5.2 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the September 25, 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 third in a series of four nationwide ballots this year.