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‘no time to die’ How Covid-19 has hit democracy worldwide

The ongoing pandemic has put the entire world on hold. As well as the newest James Bond movie, popular votes around the globe have been postponed.

Canvassing Paid signature collections spark concerns about Swiss democracy

Reports about deceitful practices by paid collectors of citizen signatures for political proposals have caused an outcry.

SWISS DEMOCRACY IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT The chance to participate in politics is the key to happiness

In many parts of the world, people’s level of satisfaction with their own democracy is diminishing according to a recent study.

direct democracy Signatures handed in for national vote on health costs

The Christian Democratic Party has handed in signatures to force a national vote on their plan to reduce the cost of health insurance premiums.

This content was published on March 10, 2020 4:11 PM

roger de weck ‘The more power citizens have, the more responsible they become’

Author, journalist, and ex-SBC head Roger de Weck analyses how to modernise democracy in a book to appear this week.

Swiss democracy in an international context The perfect democracy does not exist – not even in Switzerland

Many Swiss pride themselves on having the oldest and best democracy in the world. The research community provides a more nuanced perspective.

direct democracy monitor Populism – how to measure a slippery concept

Academics, authors, politicians, journalists, and barflies usually agree it’s a bad thing. It might even be a grave menace to democracy. But what ...

may vote Unions say anti-EU initiative is bad for workers

Trade unions have said scrapping the freedom of movement agreement with the European Union, saying a “yes” vote would be “an attack on all workers”.

This content was published on February 24, 2020 1:49 PM

Human rights Can Switzerland compel its citizens to do public service?

A popular initiative calls for the introduction of mandatory civic duty to help solve challenges facing Swiss society.

‘Swiss Brexit’ Anti-EU immigration proposal would damage prosperity, government says

Voting “yes” to a right-wing proposal to limit immigration from the European Union (EU) would have dire consequences for Bern-Brussels relations, ...

This content was published on February 11, 2020 11:16 AM

Press review Swiss anti-gay discrimination vote sends ‘strong signal’

The Swiss press have largely welcomed voters’ broad support to closing a loophole in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) rights.

This content was published on February 10, 2020 9:53 AM