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Fantasy democracy The Swiss village that’s home to an imaginary state

It has its own currency and rejects the democratic state of Switzerland: an imaginary republic in Müllheim, canton Thurgau.

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‘Ballot box tourism’ Fictitious moves revive tensions over historic Moutier vote

Several citizens moved their addresses temporarily to the town of Moutier to be able to take part in the historic vote last year.

Nonconformism An ‘imperceptible accumulation of modest question marks’

The year 1968 wasn’t a sudden revolution; instead it was a year that brought a broad range of social upheavals.

Switching time in Switzerland Timeless discussions about an hour of daylight

Swiss clocks just jumped forward one hour in line with Daylight Saving Time. It's a long story with a twist on Swiss democracy.

election campaigns Facebook: Switzerland also vulnerable to manipulation

Amidst the storm involving Cambridge Analytica, the Zurich data protection officer has said that a similar scenario is possible in Switzerland.

Welfare war Swiss detectives may use GPS devices to catch benefit cheats

Tracking devices can be used to investigate cases of suspected welfare abuse in the future, parliament decided on Monday. 

Urban Centre-left parties dominate Switzerland’s biggest cities

Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, St Gallen: Switzerland’s largest cities are dominated by parties on the political left.

Ethics and politics Vote upsets boost drive for greater political transparency

A proposal seeking nationwide rules for the funding of political parties has been given a boost following surprising cantonal ballot box victories ...