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Analysis Swiss expats back nuclear phase-out

Swiss voters living abroad supported the government's new energy law in Sunday's vote. Political scientist Thomas Milic explains why.

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A majority of commentators are pleased with voters’ decision to withdraw from nuclear power and promote renewable energies.

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Swiss energy vote Technology is there, but not yet the market

The Swiss energy strategy is the only one worldwide to have been approved by voters -  and therein lies its value, says expert Rolf Wüstenhagen.

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Solar power has made significant strides in Switzerland but is still struggling to truly emerge from the shadows.

Vote May 21, 2017 'Let’s not jeopardise our liberal, secure and advantageous energy supply!'

The new energy law costs a fortune, sets unattainable targets and would deprive citizens of their decision-making powers on an unprecedented scale.

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About 5.3 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the May 21, 2017 ballot.

Votes on a broad range of issues, as well as elections, also took place in many cantons and municipalities across the country.

It was the second in a series of up to four nationwide ballots this year.

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Explore 600 national votes How direct democracy has grown over the decades

The number of issues put to vote has increased considerably since the 1970s. The graphics present more than 600 nationwide votes since 1848.

Direct democracy What’s a referendum?

Switzerland gives its citizens the chance to play a direct part in political decision-making. Although direct democracy is not unique to ...

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