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Human rights Can Switzerland compel its citizens to do public service?

A popular initiative calls for the introduction of mandatory civic duty to help solve challenges facing Swiss society.

Press review Swiss anti-gay discrimination vote sends ‘strong signal’

The Swiss press have largely welcomed voters’ broad support to closing a loophole in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) rights.

This content was published on February 10, 2020 9:53 AM

Factory farming Swiss government gives animal welfare a boost

The government wants enshrine animal dignity in the Swiss constitution, but it has come out against a more detailed initiative by rights groups. 

This content was published on January 29, 2020 3:36 PM

Vote February 9, 2020 Support for social housing collapses, anti-homophobia reform remains solid

A proposal to combat real estate speculation is unlikely to win a majority in a vote on February 9, according to pollsters. 

This content was published on January 29, 2020 6:00 AM

direct democracy Do you trust your fellow citizens more than your leaders?

A Swiss experiment bringing together a group of “normal” citizens to prepare an info sheet for February’s national vote has completed its first stage.

women in politics Wanted: Female mayors

Women are still largely underrepresented in local and cantonal councils, despite their good result in the last parliamentarian election.

Opinion ‘No to an initiative that is dictatorial, costly and not focused on real needs’

The initiative on more social housing is not in keeping with real economic or environmental needs, says Fabio Regazzi.

Opinion ‘Yes to an initiative promoting moderately-priced housing’

The free market in Switzerland has built housing units that remain empty because they are too expensive, says Marina Carobbio Guscetti.