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Vote March 4, 2018 Federal taxes: billions of francs and muted opposition

Swiss voters will have the final say in March on the government’s right to tax its citizens and companies, including value added tax (VAT).

#ddworldtour from Java The Tale of Two Javanese Towns

The City of Heroes and the City of Tolerance, Subaraya and Yogjakarta in Indonesia, couldn't be more different when it comes to participatory rights.

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Presumed consent Organ donation: direct democracy and the law

Two doctors express concern that a Swiss initiative aimed at making everyone a potential organ donor could be a dangerous shortcut to more donations.

Radio and Television Swiss licence fee vote: the demands and potential consequences

On March 4, the Swiss will vote on getting rid of the compulsory radio and television licence fee. What are the arguments and what is at stake? 

Vote booklet User guide for direct democracy undergoes revamp

The official booklet for Swiss citizens seeking information on forthcoming nationwide votes has been given a make-over.

Downside of Swiss democracy Does a minority rule Switzerland?

A democracy with flaws: turnout in votes and elections in Switzerland is notoriously low compared to other countries.

Democracy in action Swiss village showcases battle over lakefront access

The super-rich love to buy Swiss villas with private access to water. The snag is that, legally, the public have access to all lakes and rivers.

Initiative withdrawn Domestic banking secrecy will not go to a nationwide vote

A proposal to enshrine banking secrecy for Swiss residents in the country’s constitution has been formally withdrawn.

Downside Shadowy influences on Swiss democracy

Swiss democracy faces international criticism over a lack of transparency in party funding and political campaigns.

Democracy Toolbox Every three months, a revolution

The people's initiative is a promise for, or a threat of a potential revolution in Switzerland.

Swiss DNA The local club as a school of democracy

Clubs and associations are crucial for society and democracy. But there are no precise figures as there is no duty to register.

Mike Müller ‘Town hall meetings are the archetype of democracy’

The Swiss comedian and actor Mike Müller is touring Switzerland with a show devoted to town hall meetings.