Religious Minorities Is the Swiss burka ban a tyranny of the majority?

In a direct democracy, does the banning of new minarets, burkas and the ritual slaughter of animals discriminate against religious minorities?

Constitutional referendum How Turkey's democratic dream of turned ugly


Tensions are high between Switzerland and Turkey – all thanks to direct democracy. Or, more precisely, thanks to the handling of ...

May 21, 2017 vote Voting on Switzerland’s energy future

The Swiss must decide if they are ready give up nuclear energy and rely more on renewables, as part of a vote on May 21.

IOC versus voters Sion 2026: an un-Olympic dream


Voters may have said no to Graubünden’s candidacy for the Winter Olympics 2026, but Switzerland could still be in the running to host the event.

Utopian or realistic Seeking to reconcile democracy and economics

The political left in Switzerland wishes to rejuvenate its founding idea and move beyond capitalism.

Reitschule Bern’s divisive culture centre likely headed to court

Instead of voters, the Supreme Court could now have the final say on a rightwing proposal to close down a controversial culture venue.

Voter participation When it comes to voting, Swiss youth shun technology

Young people in Switzerland turn to their parents first for voting advice, says a new study that challenges assumptions about where youth gather ...

Treaty of Rome Fragile but resilient EU marks low-key anniversary


Six decades after the signing of its founding treaty, the EU appears more fragile than ever. But a Swiss expert puts things in perspective.

Populist rejection How Swiss democracy sidelines firebrands


The deselection of Oskar Freysinger reflects how Switzerland’s system of democracy keeps in check politicians who are deemed to have gone too far.

Candidate search Local Swiss political party launches primaries

The leftwing Social Democratic Party plans to hold primaries this year to choose its candidate for the 2018 government elections in ...