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Kloten politics Citizens’ assembly in a Swiss transport hub pushes the boundaries of democracy

The Swiss town of Kloten has taken a political step back in history towards the oldest form of direct democracy – the citizens assembly.

E-Voting These are the arguments that sank e-voting in Switzerland

The idea of e-voting in Switzerland has been shelved for the moment. So what are the arguments against it?

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Living in Switzerland (3 of 5) Owning a home in Switzerland

In Switzerland, every second residential building is a single-family home. A portrait of life in Hägendorf, a small village in canton Solothurn.

Appeal Climate protestors take their case to court

Environmental activists have announced they will challenge in court their summary punishments for blocking access to Swiss banks last week.

This content was published on July 19, 2019 3:10 PM

ageing societies Half a million Swiss jobs vacancies predicted in ten years

Retiring baby-boomers and a shifting job market could mean a shortfall of up to 500,000 workers in Switzerland over the next decade, UBS forecasts.

This content was published on July 11, 2019 12:00 PM

Violent football fans More police cooperation to help combat hooligans

The Swiss authorities have pledged to apply measures against football hooligans more consistently and to speed up the implementation of stadium bans.

This content was published on July 5, 2019 3:51 PM

Digital Democracy E-voting suffers another setback amid expat Swiss concerns

The government has decided to suspend efforts to enshrine electronic voting in Swiss law, but it plans to continue trials using improved systems.

Neutrality What will happen to Switzerland’s bid for the UN Security Council? 

Switzerland is hoping for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2023-24 but now more parliamentarians are opposed on grounds of neutrality.

Stats behind the women's strike Minding the gap between the sexes in Switzerland

Equal rights may be enshrined in the constitution, but from the workplace to the home, inequality between men and women persists.

New measures mooted Transalpine goods traffic comes under pressure

Transport Minister Simonetta Sommaruga has announced measures to speed up a shift of goods traffic from Swiss roads to rail.

This content was published on May 18, 2019 4:02 PM

Labour market Unions urge equal rights for temporary workers

Swiss trade unions have called for restrictions on temporary work and measures to improve labour conditions for employees hired for a limited period.

This content was published on May 13, 2019 2:42 PM

fact check Do tightened gun laws lead to greater security?

Closing loopholes in the existing gun law will further protect citizens, says the Swiss government. Opponents who disagree may be on to something.

Data protection Controversial Tesla police car fleet ready for patrol duty

The police force of the Swiss canton of Basel City will be putting two of its new Tesla electric cars on patrol from this weekend.

This content was published on April 26, 2019 2:45 PM

Opinion New gun law stands for ‘more safety and prosperity’

Failure to accept tighter gun control rules could spell the end of Switzerland’s participation in the European security system, warns Pascal Vuichard.

Opinion Reject the de facto ‘disarming’ of Swiss gun owners

The reform of Swiss gun law implementing EU rules on gun control rules go against the Swiss constitution and the public opinion, says Luca Filippini.