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Lessons I’ve learned from a Swiss election

October 23, 2011, 7 Comments

It’s decision day for the Swiss but only because today is the day when the votes are counted.

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Quick guide to the Swiss elections

October 18, 2011, 20 Comments

On Sunday Switzerland votes for a new parliament. But Swiss elections aren’t like most others.

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Landsgemeinde: direct democracy in action

April 25, 2011, 1 Comment

Next Sunday, 1 May, anyone in Switzerland can witness a very Swiss institution. Actually, this year you have two chances

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A week in Swiss politics

September 30, 2010, 11 Comments

Earthquakes don’t happen very often in Swiss politics, which has a reputation for being rather boring – in Switzerland as much as in...

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Tears of outgoing Bundesrat minister Merz

September 20, 2010, 11 Comments

With only two days to go before his successor is elected by the Swiss parliament, outgoing Finance Minister Hans-Rudolf Merz was today...

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Swiss Watching trivia, No 20: Parliament

August 20, 2010, 1 Comment

Switzerland may be 719 years old but its parliament only dates back to the Federal Constitution of 1848; the building itself (in Bern)...

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