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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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Here are additional stories besides the main content 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.

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.

headgear Politicians prefer moderate alternative to outright ‘burka ban’

Swiss parliamentarians have rejected a right-wing call for an outright ban on the wearing of face coverings, such as burkas, in public.

This content was published on September 26, 2019 12:10 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

Opinion How like-minded countries can collaborate in the fight against political disinformation

International cooperation is essential for countering the threat of disinformation, argues the deputy head of mission at Bern's British embassy.

Parliamentary elections These are the hurdles facing women in Swiss politics

Why, in a country where female voters outnumber their male counterparts by 10%, do women remain a minority group in cantonal and federal politics?

Animal rights Swiss to vote on banning factory farming

Campaigners have submitted the necessary signatures for an initiative aimed at outlawing intensive livestock production in Switzerland.

This content was published on September 17, 2019 3:18 PM