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Katharina Prelicz-Huber
14-02-2017
In a conversational democracy like the Swiss one citizens’ association must work very hard to have the opportunity to make voices heard. A new challenge is the lack of public-financed participatory infrastructure, says Katharina Prelicz-Huber in an interview with Cora Pfafferott...
"Reclaim Democracy" in Basel
09-02-2017
Direct democracy is becoming increasingly popular in the form of peoples’ initiatives and referendums. It’s also being preached by populists both on the left and right of the political spectrum, but they generally have no idea what it really means, writes Bruno Kaufmann...
Results of Swiss referendum day, 26 Sept. 2016, Source: swissinfo.ch
26-09-2016
Sunday, 25 September 2016, was this year's third "Decision Day" in Switzerland: Swiss voters were called to the ballot box to decide on a number of initiatives and referendums. Democracy International board member Bruno Kaufmann, editor-in-chief of...
The world's biggest poster in Geneva, Switzerland. Source: Generation Grundeinkommen
31-05-2016
In Switzerland, citizens had until 5 June 2016 to make up their minds whether the principle of an unconditional basic income should be anchored in the constitution. The initiative was rejected as only 23 per cent voted in favour of it. Here you find the results of the five...
Bruno Kaufmann and Michel Cermak "from Stop TTIP" (right) at ECI Conference in Brussels
09-05-2016
Whether on basic income or animal protection, social insurance or basic rights, citizens’ initiatives give the people a voice both in Switzerland and in the EU. What Switzerland and Europe have in common – and where they differ Whether on basic income or animal protection,...
Direct democracy in action in Switzerland (Photo by swissinfo.ch)
28-02-2016
On 28 February 2016, 58,9 per cent of Swiss voters opted against a citizens’ initiative that called for the automatic expulsion of non-Swiss offenders convicted of certain crimes. The turnout of 63 per cent was overwhelmingly high. Democracy International's comments on the...
Direct democracy in action in Switzerland (Photo by swissinfo.ch)
29-01-2016
On 28 February 2016, the Swiss people will vote in a referendum on the the so-called implementation initiative, the Swiss People’s Party came up with in order to realise the original deportation initiative of 2010. In this opinion piece for swissinfo.ch, Kurt Fluri argues that...
Direct democracy in action in Switzerland (Photo by swissinfo.ch)
15-10-2015
On Sunday, 18 October 2015, Switzerland's 5.3 million eligible citizens will elect the members of the two national chambers of Parliament – the National Council (200 seats) and the Council of States (46 seats). The new parliament will then elect the new coalition government on 9...
Roger de Weck, General Director of the Swiss broadcasting channel SRG SSR
27-09-2015
What's the relationship between democracy and the media? This question had raised the Swiss public broadcasting channel SRG SSR​ at a conference that took place in Chur, Switzerland, on 25 September 2015. Democracy International is a media partner of the foreign broadcasting...
Voting results Switzerland (image: screenshot of swissinfo.ch)
15-06-2015
An attempt to federalise Switzerland’s inheritance tax system and redistribute wealth by taxing legacies worth more than CHF2 million ($2.15 million) has been rejected by Swiss voters, as expected. On Sunday 14 June 2015, 71% of voters and all 26 Swiss cantons rejected the...

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