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Social security Pension reform compromise put to consultation

The government has presented plans for a reform of Switzerland's compulsory occupational pension scheme.

This content was published on December 13, 2019 6:59 PM

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Cabinet elections Green Party bid for seat in Swiss government fails

Parliament has confirmed the members of the Swiss government for the next four years. 

Swiss political system  A pluralistic government built on consensus 

A look at the issues affecting Switzerland's multi-party government, which will be elected for a four-year term on Wednesday.

Cabinet election  Why the Swiss government system is (not) ready for reform

How justified are the Green Party's ambitions to win a seat in the Swiss government on December 11?

politics What’s the point of a parliament in a direct democracy?

Under direct democracy, where the people have the last word on almost all issues, what does parliament do?

European Policy How Bern and Brussels could approach an interim deal

With relations between Switzerland and the EU likely to remain stalled, would an interim deal prevent damaging what has already been achieved? 

Smoking Swiss government rejects anti-tobacco advert initiative

The cabinet recommends rejecting a people’s initiative aimed at banning tobacco advertising targeting both minors and young adults.

This content was published on December 6, 2019 2:01 PM

Explainer How many steps does it take to pass a Swiss law?

Creating a law in the Swiss political system is a complex and often time-intensive matter that can take between 12 months and over ten years.

Erwin Sperisen Swiss-Guatemalan ex-police chief loses appeal

Erwin Sperisen has lost an appeal against a 15-year prison sentence for his complicity in the killing of seven prisoners in Guatemala in 2006. 

This content was published on November 28, 2019 2:17 PM

Swisscoy Switzerland plans to extend and enlarge Kosovo military presence

More Swiss troops will be drafted into peace-keeping duties in Kosovo if parliament approves a request from the government to increase the ...

This content was published on November 27, 2019 3:51 PM

‘High-price island’ Import duty on cars, clothes and other products may be scrapped

Import duties on various products including cars, clothes, and household appliances may be removed in Switzerland from 2022.

This content was published on November 27, 2019 3:06 PM

Church and state Geneva ban on religious symbols lifted for elected politicians

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

This content was published on November 26, 2019 2:11 PM

Parliamentary elections 2019 The lessons to be learned from Switzerland’s election upset

Time for a closer look at the future course of Swiss politics following the definitive make-up of the new parliament.