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Social detectives Do the Swiss have a weakness for surveillance?

On Sunday, almost two-thirds of Swiss voters approved the use of private investigators by insurance companies to catch fraudsters.

Swiss Abroad Swiss expats clearly reject ‘Swiss law first’ initiative

Swiss citizens living abroad came out very strongly against a proposal to put the Swiss constitution above international law.

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Swiss vs international law

Vote November 25, 2018 ‘Swiss law first’ initiative: what’s at stake?

The initiative ‘Swiss law, not foreign judges’ wants to give the constitution explicit precedence over international law.

Debate Does the ‘Swiss law first’ initiative strengthen or weaken democracy?

Voters will soon decide on giving the Swiss constitution priority over international law. We bring you a debate on the issue.

Swiss Abroad Swiss expats clearly reject ‘Swiss law first’ initiative

Swiss citizens living abroad came out very strongly against a proposal to put the Swiss constitution above international law.

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Social welfare detectives

Vote November 25, 2018 Big Brother on the doorstep?

Voters will decide on a new law aimed at cracking down on suspected welfare fraudsters in Switzerland.

Opinion ‘Insurance fraud is unfair and asocial’

Taxpayers and honest citizens will have to foot the bill for insurance cheats if a new law is not accepted by voters, argues Mauro Tuena.

Opinion ‘Insurance surveillance law is open to interpretation’

Social Democratic parliamentarian Silvia Schenker argues the new law on social security insurance fraud was drafted in haste and is of poor quality.

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Cow horns

Vote November 25, 2018 Are cows happier with their horns?

Animal welfare is at the heart of the promoters of the cow horn initiative. Voters have the final say on the proposal on November 25.

Opinion ‘Yes’ in the name of animal welfare

The health and well-being of animals is the main motivation behind the cow horn initiative, says Green Party parliamentarian Michael Töngi.

Opinion The initiative? No need to take the cow by the horns

The cow horn initiative is unnecessary and could stir up dissension among farmers, warns Pierre-André Page, parliamentarian and a farmer himself.

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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?

Switzerland gives its citizens the chance to play a direct part in political decision-making. Although direct democracy is not unique to ...

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