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Democracy lab Should we draw lots for fairer elections?

Two researchers from the University of Lausanne have been studying the notion of chance in politics.

People’s initiative Voters to have final say on arms export ban

Campaigners for a ban on Swiss arms exports have handed in the necessary number of signatures to force a nationwide vote on the issue.

This content was published on June 24, 2019 6:36 PM

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European and Swiss parliamentary elections 2019 Switzerland mirrors the new fragmented Europe

The EU needs to become more flexible and closer to its citizens, according to the latest election results. What does that mean for Switzerland?

Swiss-EU relations  Swiss want ‘more clarification’ on EU framework deal

Switzerland says it will not yet sign a framework agreement aimed at simplifying future ties with the EU as it wants certain points clarified. 

This content was published on June 7, 2019 3:29 PM

Poll Election barometer: green remains Swiss political colour of choice 

Environmental parties and topics are top of the list five months ahead of the October parliamentary elections in Switzerland.

Private sector rejection Swiss want state-run eID system, suggests poll

An overwhelming majority of Swiss people appear to have rejected a decision by the government and parliament to hand control of a national eID ...

This content was published on May 27, 2019 7:06 PM

Big hurdle remains EU welcomes Swiss double vote on guns and taxes

The European Union has issued a positive, yet guarded, response after Swiss voters agreed at the weekend to both bring gun laws and the corporate ...

This content was published on May 20, 2019 2:26 PM

Bern cantonal vote Voters decide against cuts to welfare payments

Welfare benefits will not be reduced in canton Bern after voters threw out a proposal to lower public spending below agreed standards.

This content was published on May 19, 2019 6:52 PM

sabbath retail Geneva shops to open three Sundays per year, voters decide

Geneva voters have narrowly accepted a new law to allow shops open on Sundays. A trial period of three Sundays per year for two years will be tested.

This content was published on May 19, 2019 5:35 PM

New Mayor Will letting foreigners vote revitalise St Moritz?

One of Christian Jott Jenny's first proposals as mayor of the exclusive Swiss resort is to give voting rights to foreign residents.

V-Dem index One-third of the world living in ‘autocratising’ countries

The number of people living under autocratic systems has risen to 1990 levels, but it’s not time to sound democracy’s death knell.