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Two-headed proposal Ministers make the case for tax and pension reform package

The Swiss government has launched its campaign in favour of the upcoming national vote on a reform of the corporate tax and pension systems.

This content was published on February 18, 2019 11:52 AM

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Vote February 10, 2019

Swiss voters will decide on a proposal aimed at limiting urban sprawl by imposing a freeze on new construction zones. The issue is part of a first set of local, cantonal and nationwide votes in 2019. links modern democratic ideas, initiatives with actors and institutions across all borders and offers stories, analysis, facts ...

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Biel-Bienne Can participatory democracy raise voter turnouts?

Citizens in Biel are among the least likely in Switzerland to get out and vote. Local authorities want to change this.

Intrusion test Hackers wanted for Swiss e-voting system

Now open: Registration for anyone who wants to help reveal cracks in Switzerland’s future e-voting system – and maybe earn a cash bounty.

Vote February 10, 2019 Swiss dismiss freeze on construction zones

Voters have rejected a proposal aimed at curbing urban sprawl in Switzerland. The Green Party initiative failed to attract broad support.

Church and state Geneva secularism law approved by voters

Voters in Geneva have endorsed a law on ties between the government and religious communities.

This content was published on February 10, 2019 1:47 PM

Politics Left behind and locked out of Swiss democracy

Democracy is based on the promise to adequately and appropriately represent the population. However, Switzerland’s system reveals some shortcomings.

Militia system Attracting young generation for volunteer public service

A study has found potential in harnessing Switzerland's traditional part-time public service to get young adults to actively engage in local politics.

State and religion Geneva to vote on divisive secularism law

Geneva is set to vote on a new law aimed at better regulating relations between religion and state, whilst reaffirming the principle of secularism.

Social bots Swiss look into online manipulation ahead of national polls

Several federal offices in Switzerland are investigating whether online manipulation could affect upcoming elections, says a newspaper report.

This content was published on February 3, 2019 12:45 PM

Swiss militia work Life as a part-time local Swiss politician

Thousands of Swiss officials have a normal occupation and do politics on the side.

Opinion ‘Initiative against urban sprawl is unnecessary and harmful’

The Green Party's initiative to curb urban sprawl is too radical and risks blocking further development in Switzerland, argues Hans-Ulrich Bigler.

Opinion ‘Let’s preserve the landscape we’ve inherited’

For the promoters of the "Stop urban sprawl" initiative, the freezing of building zones is necessary to preserve the heritage of future generations.

WEF19 President praises Swiss values at WEF

Swiss President Ueli Maurer has opened the World Economic Forum (WEF) by praising “Swiss” values such as freedom, responsibility and direct democracy.

This content was published on January 22, 2019 12:03 PM

Environmental protest Swiss youths strike for climate protection

Young people from schools and universities around Switzerland went on strike Friday to demand greater action to combat climate change.