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elections Young people and poorer people don’t vote, says report

About 20% of eligible Swiss never vote. They include the younger age group and people on lower incomes.

This content was published on October 13, 2019 3:32 PM

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Politics Parliamentary elections 2019

Voters elect the members of the Swiss parliament for the next four-year term on October 20.

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swissinfo.ch in Taiwan As populism spreads, cities, not states, are advancing direct democracy

Activists gathered in Taipei to establish an international league of democratic cities to coordinate grassroots democracy on local levels.

Parliamentary elections Green gains could tip parliament slightly left

The Swiss parliament is set for a slight shift to the left at the expense of the political right, according to a final pre-election poll.

Swiss federalism Four decades on, Switzerland’s newest region is still growing up

Born in 1979, Switzerland’s youngest canton still owes much of its political and economic fate to the federal system that houses it.

Political funding Swiss firms give over CHF5 million a year to parties and candidates

Switzerland’s biggest firms donate at least CHF5 million ($5 million) a year to political parties and candidates, a survey reveals. 

This content was published on October 8, 2019 10:56 AM

Parliamentary elections ‘Switzerland is not a country of big ideas’

Why election campaigns in Switzerland are comparatively dull and what it has to do with direct democracy.

2019 Swiss Elections Politicians prefer knocking on doors to posting on Instagram

In the lead-up to parliamentary elections, all Swiss political parties are using social media, but they remain less active online than on the streets.

Business and human rights UN experts raise concerns over Swiss ‘responsible business’ initiative

United Nations human rights experts have raised concerns over the Swiss government’s position on the “responsible business” initiative.

This content was published on October 1, 2019 10:16 PM

Political activism 100,000 gather in Bern for climate demo

Thousands demonstrated in the Swiss capital on Saturday to demand that politicians and individuals take action against climate change.

Swiss elections 2019 Swiss political parties in election fever

The parties’ election campaign for the October 20 parliamentary elections has kicked off. In very different style.

#SWIontour What Swiss living abroad want from politicians at home

What do Swiss citizens abroad expect from a new parliament? From the politics of their homeland? We asked them.

Free movement Parliament votes against anti-immigration plans

Switzerland’s House of Representatives has come out strongly against an initiative by the Swiss People’s Party to limit immigration.

This content was published on September 25, 2019 7:39 PM

Online services  Digital ID plans divide politicians and civil society 

Parliament has approved the creation of a digital ID to certify the identity of users of internet services, but critics are challenging the decision. 

This content was published on September 23, 2019 5:34 PM