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Democracy Labs

Making democracy more democratic? Young researchers explain how they’re trying to do that in our video series.

in depth Vote September 23, 2018

What was at stake in the nationwide votes about food production and bicycle promotion in Switzerland?

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Elections Why expatriate Swiss seldom vote

More than half of the Swiss electorate do not take part in federal elections. Turnout among the Swiss Abroad community is particularly low. 

#DearDemocracy Globi: the cartoon character explaining democracy to kids

Consensus government, division of powers, federal constitution: all frightening words for children. Until Globi came along.

Child marriages When children forced to marry stay married

Marriages involving minors must be annulled, according to Swiss law. Exceptions are permitted if it seems to be in the child’s best interests.

DIPLOMACY Wettstein – the first Swiss diplomat had the city of Basel in mind

He was the man of the hour in 1648: Basel mayor Johann Rudolf Wettstein faced a herculean task at the peace conference in Münster.

Melting ice Parts of US plane wreck pulled from glacier 70 years on

Parts of a wrecked US military plane have been recovered from melting glacier ice 70 years after it made an emergency landing in the Alps. 

Tax project 17 Linking corporate taxation and pensions: a risky compromise

This is an unprecedented political manoeuvre that may not go down well with ordinary citizens.