Swiss Direct Democracy in Switzerland

How Voting Works in Switzerland's Direct Democracy

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Swiss citizens have the privilege of direct participation in decision making: Direct democracy. This weekend, three federal initiatives...
Zurich Meets New York - Dada Bomb

Dada Birthday Bash - When Zürich Meets New York

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So the Dada movement threw itself an early birthday party - two years before the centennial in 2016. Why would a centennial need to be at exactly 100 years?
Schaffhausen Democracy

Why Schaffhausen takes Democracy as Seriously as Ancient Athens

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Despite not being nestled on the jagged cliffs of the Aegean sea, Switzerland did have similarities with ancient Greece over 700 years ago...
Immigration Policy - What Switzerland could learn from the United States (and vice versa)

Immigration Policy: What Switzerland Could Learn from the U.S. (and vice versa)

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Switzerland and the United States have a track record of adopting each other's policies. Consider 1787, when the founders of...
Money Bundesplatz Bern

3 Popular Initiatives about Money and Salaries in Switzerland

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Switzerland has long been known as an island of wealth in Europe, but there is growing discontent in the country of cheese and chocolate...
Swiss Election 2013

Elections: No Thanks, Say the Swiss. Again.

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Last week the Swiss voted on a topic of profound national importance that would boggle the minds of most Americans...
Liechtenstein Elections 2013

A Lesson from Liechtenstein

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If you love cultural diversity, you’ve got to love Switzerland. Among only 8 million residents, 25%+ of whom are immigrants, we have four official languages, at least 18 types of cheeses...
Graubunden 2022

Graubünden 2022: Olympic Dream or Nightmare?

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Higher, faster, stronger. Those three words are the theme of the Olympic Games. Every two years, the countries do their best to come together and cheer on the world's best athletes. Yet for an institution that tries so desperately to unify the world, it does an amazing job of splitting apart communities.
11 Things Americans Can Learn From The Swiss

11 Things Americans Can Learn From The Swiss

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Most Americans relate Switzerland to clever knives, Heidi, and secret bank vaults, but there’s a lot more the Swiss can teach us about how they achieve such a high quality of life...