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Opinion ‘Yes to an initiative promoting moderately-priced housing’

The free market in Switzerland has built housing units that remain empty because they are too expensive, says Marina Carobbio Guscetti.

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Opinion ‘No to an initiative that is dictatorial, costly and not focused on real needs’

The initiative on more social housing is not in keeping with real economic or environmental needs, says Fabio Regazzi.

women in politics Wanted: Female mayors

Women are still largely underrepresented in local and cantonal councils, despite their good result in the last parliamentarian election.

direct democracy Government proposes automatic referendums for international pacts

​​​​​​​The government plans to enshrine an automatic constitutional clause giving voters a say on the signing of certain international treaties.

This content was published on January 15, 2020 2:27 PM

Vote February 9, 2020 Homophobia: a crime or a matter of opinion?

Swiss voters will decide whether discrimination against homosexuals is acceptable. Will the law combat homophobia or is it an attack on free speech?

Press Private media sound alarm bells over subsidies 

Swiss newspaper publishers warn of a drastic drop in the number print titles over the next few years if they don’t receive more state subsidies.

This content was published on January 8, 2020 3:31 PM

Vote February 9, 2020 Do the Swiss need at least 10% social housing?

Voters are divided over a proposal to promote housing owned by non-profit groups, and whether it helps curb speculation. 

Women in parliament – Marianne Maret A ‘true centrist’ deeply rooted in her region

Marianne Maret is the first woman to represent canton Valais – traditionally a conservative region - in the Swiss Senate.

A democratic new year? A world caught between protest and ballot

Never before have so many people around the globe taken part in popular votes. Yet never before have governments worldwide come under such pressure .

Digital democracy What Switzerland and Taiwan can learn from each other

Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s minister for digitalisation, discusses the systems of democracy in Switzerland and Taiwan.

Swiss political system  A pluralistic government built on consensus 

A look at the issues affecting Switzerland's multi-party government, which will be elected for a four-year term on Wednesday.

parliament E-voting dealt another political blow

Politicians in the House of Representatives have indicated that they’re in favour of shelving e-voting trials completely.

This content was published on December 10, 2019 3:58 PM

Revolving doors Swiss ministers move easily between the public and private sectors

Should rules be tightened to prevent conflicts of interest when former Swiss government ministers take up paid roles in the private sector?

politics What’s the point of a parliament in a direct democracy?

Under direct democracy, where the people have the last word on almost all issues, what does parliament do?

Smoking Swiss government rejects anti-tobacco advert initiative

The cabinet recommends rejecting a people’s initiative aimed at banning tobacco advertising targeting both minors and young adults.

This content was published on December 6, 2019 2:01 PM