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Vote February 10, 2019 Swiss dismiss freeze on construction zones

Voters have rejected a proposal aimed at curbing urban sprawl in Switzerland. The Green Party initiative failed to attract broad support.

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A Geneva court has amended a controversial local secularism law, reversing a ban on religious symbols for elected politicians.

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Curbing urban sprawl

Vote February 10, 2019 Swiss voters asked to decide on urban sprawl

As urban development continues apace, should a freeze be placed on the creation of new construction zones?

Opinion ‘Initiative against urban sprawl is unnecessary and harmful’

The Green Party's initiative to curb urban sprawl is too radical and risks blocking further development in Switzerland, argues Hans-Ulrich Bigler.

Opinion ‘Let’s preserve the landscape we’ve inherited’

For the promoters of the "Stop urban sprawl" initiative, the freezing of building zones is necessary to preserve the heritage of future generations.

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About 5.3 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, are eligible to take part in the February 10 nationwide ballot.

Votes on a broad range of issues, as well as elections, also take place in many cantons and municipalities across the country.

It was the first nationwide vote this year.

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Explore 600 national votes How direct democracy has grown over the decades

The number of issues put to vote has increased considerably since the 1970s. The graphics present more than 600 nationwide votes since 1848.

Direct democracy What’s a people’s or citizens’ initiative?

Swiss citizens can either propose legislation of their own, or work to defeat legislation already approved by parliament.

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