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Opinion New gun law stands for ‘more safety and prosperity’

Failure to accept tighter gun control rules could spell the end of Switzerland’s participation in the European security system, warns Pascal Vuichard.

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Vote May 19, 2019

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Opinion Reject the de facto ‘disarming’ of Swiss gun owners

The reform of Swiss gun law implementing EU rules on gun control rules go against the Swiss constitution and the public opinion, says Luca Filippini.

Not enough signatures Health insurance reform proposals flop

Two initiatives aimed at reforming Switzerland’s health insurance system have failed to gain public support, quashing any hopes of a nationwide vote.

This content was published on April 16, 2019 12:16 PM

Mining in the DRC ‘Phones come at the price of shattered health and environment’

​​​​​​​A Congolese nun, lawyer and civil rights activist takes on mining giant Glencore on its home turf.

Elections 2019 MPs are the biggest lobbyists in Swiss parliament

Parliamentarians are increasingly, and more aggressively, representing particular interests. It’s a cultural change in the legislature.

Vote May 19, 2019 Poll shows gun lobby faces uphill battle

A reform of the Swiss gun law to conform to EU regulations stands a good chance of winning approval in a referendum next month.

This content was published on April 12, 2019 6:00 AM

Wrong statistics Historic verdict could force Swiss re-vote on family tax breaks

The Supreme Court has annulled the result of a controversial vote about tax breaks for families – a first in the history of Swiss direct democracy.

This content was published on April 10, 2019 3:23 PM

Parliamentary elections 2019 Four parties stand out ahead of national elections

We take a closer look at the success of the Greens, the Radical-Liberals, the Social Democrats and the Liberal Greens in cantonal polls.

Discrimination vs free speech Swiss people to have say on criminalisation of homophobia

Groups against a new legislation that criminalises homophobia have collected enough signatures to force a nationwide referendum on the subject.

This content was published on April 8, 2019 6:55 PM

Parliamentary elections 2019 Swiss parliament could swing to the left in autumn polls

The Greens and Social Democrats could extend recent successes when it comes to national elections, says political scientist Cloé Jans.

Appenzell Women campaign for a bigger role in Swiss politics

Appenzell Outer Rhodes was one of the last cantons to give women the vote, but women there are campaigning for more gender equality in politics.

99% initiative Swiss likely to vote on capital tax reform plan

The Young Socialists have handed in the necessary signatures to force a nationwide vote on its proposal to increase tax on capital revenue.

This content was published on April 2, 2019 2:04 PM

VOTE MAY 19, 2019 Corporate tax and pension reform: a complex two-headed vote

Two years after a corporate tax overhaul was rejected by voters, the issue is back before the electorate – this time linked to pension reform.

Political education Teaching students how to live democratically

A new curriculum could better equip students to play a more active role in democracy, argues political scientist Monika Waldis.

Vote May 19, 2019 Swiss gun tradition in the crossfire

Emotions are running high ahead of a nationwide vote on reforming Swiss gun law. The outcome of the referendum will affect ties with the EU.

Participation issues Switzerland is three-quarters of a democracy

Just three out of four people in Switzerland have a Swiss passport, meaning that a quarter of taxpaying residents have no political voice.