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Swiss voters narrowly accepted a reform of the pension system on Sunday September 25.
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Earlier this year Joel Vera was forced to shut down his online news portal in Mexico after two colleagues were murdered.
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Lucerne tried three times to become the Swiss capital. It nonetheless played a decisive role in the birth of Swiss democracy.
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A revamp of Switzerland’s pension system is set for a popular vote on September 25. SWI swissinfo.ch organised a special debate on the issue.
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Geneva is a pioneer for giving people with severe mental or physical disabilities the right to vote.
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Swiss voters are deciding on a proposed ban on factory farming, a sensitive issue in a country that already has strict animal welfare laws.
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On September 25, voters decide on a reform of the pension system that includes lifting the retirement age for women from 64 to 65.
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Readers' views on a compulsory service for women and men largely reflect the majority opinion on the subject in Switzerland.
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The first woman in Switzerland ever to be elected to a cantonal parliament was Raymonde Schweizer.
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In spring 2020, democracy took a hit when health measures also meant the curtailing of political rights.
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Swiss emigrants and their families “build bridges and forge new paths”, says Ignazio Cassis in his August 1 speech.
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The general strike called in Olten in 1918 was like an earthquake for Swiss politics.
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Galina Timchenko, the Russian-Ukrainian editor-in-chief of meduza.io, still writes about what Russian media can no longer publish due to censorship.
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The latest in our 'Swiss democracy hotspots' series: Schaffhausen, a canton with an almost unbelievable voting record.
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The Lucerne School of Art and Design has taken in 29 Ukrainian students – as exchange students rather than refugees.
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The first version of the Swiss constitution was a breakthrough on the road to democratisation. But it was far from perfect.
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Paolo Berizzi of La Repubblica newspaper has been under round-the-clock police protection for three years.
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Some 60% of Swiss voters have accepted a reform to the transplantation law aiming to boost organ donation rates.
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Canton Ticino is today a popular tourist destination. Back in July 1830 it was the scene of the first liberal revolution in Europe.
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Every four years voters in Switzerland elect politicians to represent them in the Swiss capital, Bern. This is how the Swiss parliament is structured.
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