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Inheritance tax

Tax equity or business burden? Initiative takes aim at inherited millions

A proposed tax on legacies over CHF2 million ($2.1 million), to be voted on in June, is intended to redistribute wealth and ensure funding of old ...

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Funding of public radio and TV

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Genetic embryo screening

Genetic screening vote Bioethics: too complex for direct democracy?

As the Swiss weigh up whether to allow the screening of IVF embryos, how do voters inform themselves on complex emotional issues?

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Harmonised student grants

Equal standards Student grants torn between fairness and federalism

Should Switzerland’s 26 cantonal grant schemes be harmonised? Voters will decide on June 14 on the proposal put forward by the main Students’ ...

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Cantonal votes

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About 5.2 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the June 14 votes.

About 197,000 people, mainly Swiss expatriates, were allowed to participate in ongoing trials with electronic voting.

Votes also took place on a broad range of issues in several cantons and communes across the country.

It was the second and the final set of nationwide ballots this year. Elections for parliament are scheduled in October ahead of cabinet elections in December.

Democracy in action Going to the polls

A vote weekend in Switzerland - ballots are cast at local, cantonal and national levels. Swiss citizens are called to cast their votes several ...

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