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Social Democrats seek to adjust their policy

The centre-left Social Democratic Party says it wants to fight the excesses of globalisation and stands for more equality, solidarity and freedom.

This content was published on April 7, 2010 - 11:09

“We want more social justice and new jobs. We want Switzerland to offer equal opportunities instead of privileges for just a few,” said party president Christian Levrat.

The revised party manifesto, which was presented on Wednesday, also calls for a strong social security system, Swiss membership of the European Union, a financial strategy banning untaxed money, cuts in the militia army and the creation of a constitutional court.

The white paper will now be sent to the cantonal and local party chapters ahead of the next parliamentary elections set for October 2011.

Critics within the party have been calling for a shift from the left, the traditional ground of the trade union wing, towards the centre of Switzerland’s political spectrum.

The group has been losing ground in recent cantonal elections.

The Social Democrats are one of five parties represented in the government. They are the second biggest party and won just under 20 per cent of the votes in the last nationwide elections.

Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch

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