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Ein Gespräch mit Lukas Wegmüller, Co-Generalsekretär der Neuen Europäischen Bewegung Schweiz über die Stärken und Schwächen der Schweizer direkten Demokratie und die Europäische Union aus eidgenössischer Perspektive.
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...
Switzerland’s 5.2 million eligible voters have until next Sunday, 28 February, to vote in a national referendum on the so-called “Enforcement Initiative” launched by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP). This citizens’ initiative calls for the automatic expulsion of non-Swiss...
Joe Mathews joined Democracy International's board in November 2013. He is a journalist and a profound expert of direct democracy around the world. Joe Mathews lives in South Pasadena, close to Los Angeles, California. I interviewed Joe yesterday after we had held our first...
The use of direct democratic instruments in international comparison. With examples from Ecuador, Germany, Hungary, Peru, Slovakia, Switzerland and Uruguay, this symposium aims to create a comparative inventory of the cultures of active citizen participation.
The New European Movement of Switzerland is one of the few organisations defying the current political trend to promote an accession to the European Union of Switzerland and to push for concrete steps to make the EU much more democratic. Established in 1998, the ...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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