25 September 2020
ONLINE FORUM - The September 27 Popular Voting Day: Issues, Backgrounds and the Role of Public Media
  Bern, CH Debate


14:00 - 15:30 CEST / Track 1:  Swiss Direct Democracy in Practice

Switzerland´s modern direct democracy is back on track: after postponing the May initiatives and referendums due to the Covid19-lockdown, eligible citizens will decide until September 27 if Switzerland shall continue its free movement agreement with the European Union, buy new military jets for more than 6 billion Swiss francs, allowing wolfs to be hunted, introducing a paternal leave reserved for fathers and reforming its tax code regarding child care deductions. Many cities and cantons of Switzerland are urging voters to use mail-in-options as they want to limit the people turning up at polling stations. In this panel with leading journalists from public service media “Swissinfo” we will discuss the issues at stake, the backgrounds to these decisions as well as the impact of the pandemic onto the processes of direct democracy.

Online Forum Conference Guide


  • Larissa M. Bieler
    Director and chief editor Swissinfo
  • Renat Künzi
    Journalist and Online-Editor for Switzerland
  • Domhnall O'Sullivan
    Journalist / Online-editor, English Department Swissinfo
  • Urs Geiser
    Journalist /Online-editor English Department Swissinfo
  • Bruno Kaufmann
    Moderator: Co-President Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy
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