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Federal 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

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Politics Parliamentary elections 2019

Voters elect the members of the Swiss parliament for the next four-year term on October 20.

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Elections 2019 Who can vote in Switzerland? Who can’t?

With less than a month to go before parliamentary elections, looks at the third of the Swiss resident population that is disenfranchised.

Anti free movement Proposal for immigration restrictions under debate

Parliament is holding a major debate about plans by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party to limit immigration.

This content was published on September 16, 2019 9:54 PM

International day of democracy  Ten key ingredients for a democratic society 

​​​​​​​ The recent elections in Russia shows the country still has a long way to be a successful democracy. 

Parliamentary elections Record number of women running for parliament

Never before have so many candidates entered the race for a seat in the Swiss parliament.

Full powers How Swiss direct democracy made a comeback after authoritarian rule

It wasn’t until 1949 – exactly 70 years ago – that Switzerland returned from authoritarian rule and put direct democracy back on solid footing.

parliamentary elections Campaign funding still a taboo topic in Switzerland sheds light on the tradition of Swiss secrecy on funding of political parties and candidates during elections.

Downside of Swiss democracy Are direct democracy and civic rights just ‘nice to haves’?

Women, the young generation and low income earners are underrepresented in politics and are also less likely to participate in votes.

Reportagen Festival These journalists fled to Switzerland because of their work

Journalists from Colombia, Yemen and Azerbaijan who fled to Switzerland to escape persecution tell their stories.

Swiss Abroad Montreux expat meeting gets a glimpse of the future

The Swiss Abroad Congress has heard politicians, scientists and the business community discussing the challenges ahead.

This content was published on August 17, 2019 10:06 PM

Parliamentary elections 2019 Where do the Swiss Abroad win political support?

A look at which major political parties were most friendly to expat Swiss over the last four years.