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Jura conflict Why the vote in the Swiss town of Moutier was historic

It may have been just a local ballot, but it marked a decisive stage in a long-term Swiss territorial conflict.

People and predators Wolves: welcome or worrying?

Should an area in south-western Switzerland be a predator-free zone? A local initiative wants to eliminate protected species like wolves.

Jura conflict All the ingredients for a Swiss civil war

Religion, language and a social divide: the conflict had all the elements for an escalation. Luckily, Moutier is doing it the peaceful way.

Myths and reality Swiss federalism changing with the times

The Swiss model of democracy has given way to a more centralised system, researchers argue in a new book.

Direct democracy Can the ballot box help save Romansh?

Switzerland’s oldest language is threatened with extinction. Can voting help save Romansh? And who should be allowed to decide?

Bern or Jura? A divided Swiss village heads to the polls

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For the Swiss town of Moutier, the question of which canton to join – and their cultural identity – has been simmering for decades.

Cost control In Switzerland, citizens have the last word on money matters

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If citizens in the Swiss town of Aarau think that their politicians plan to waste too much money, they can interfere using a special veto power.