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When I was directly involved in direct democracy

June 15, 2021, 3 Comments

I vote every time I can, always have and always will. In Switzerland that means voting fairly frequently but this time I...

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Swiss women won the vote 50 years ago today

February 7, 2021, 1 Comment

On 7 February 1971 Switzerland finally joined the 20th century. That was the day when the male voters approved giving women the...

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How to vote the Swiss way

November 25, 2020, 1 Comment

The Swiss vote. A lot. But most of those votes are in referendums every few months, whereas elections are every four years....

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Four Noes and a Yes: voting in a Swiss referendum

September 23, 2020, 2 Comments

I’ve just voted for the first time as a Swiss citizen. Actually it was for the first five times as there were...

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Time for the Swiss to stand up to hate

January 28, 2020, 2 Comments

I’m often asked what’s it’s like to be a gay man living in Switzerland. My usual answer is it’s not Holland but...

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Understanding Switzerland: a course in Basel

November 20, 2019, No comments

In January I am back in Basel, giving a short series of talks about Swiss history and politics – in English. This...

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A Brexit dictionary for the Swiss

March 6, 2019, No comments

It isn’t easy to explain Brexit to the Swiss. For people in a country that has a referendum every three months, it’s...

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Five referendum lessons from Swiss politics

June 16, 2017, 2 Comments

The Swiss understand referendums. They have to because they have one every few months not every few years. And they can be...

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The five stages of Brexit grief

June 27, 2016, 10 Comments

“First came denial. No, no, no – although my language might have been a little more colourful.

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Living in Switzerland and voting to Remain

June 14, 2016, 5 Comments

I am one of 41,577 British expats living in Switzerland.

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