YouTube politics – swissinfo

Anyone can put up videos on the internet. And that’s what many of the 3,000 or so candidates in October’s Swiss general elections are doing. The main reason is that in Switzerland the law forbids TV campaign ads, which are so popular in the United States and in other countries. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Fight over jets – swissinfo

In 2009, the Group for a Switzerland Without an Army handed in an initiative to stop the purchase of new fighter jets, but withdrew it a year later when the government abandoned its plans. Now the House of Representatives has overturned the government’s proposal and voted in favour of a higher budget, which puts the jet deal back on the agenda. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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A dictator’s fall – swissinfo

“Amnesia” is a play by the famous Tunisian theater and film director Fadhel Jaïbi. The story, co-authored by his partner, actress Jalila Baccar, describes in an almost prophetic way the fall of former Tunisian president Ben Ali. The play was shown at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel. (Raffaella Rossello, swissinfo.ch/SF)
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Switzerland’s direct democracy – swissinfo

Together with neutrality and federalism, direct democracy is a part of the Swiss national identity and helps unite the various languages, religions and cultures in the country. This video gives you a short instruction to this unique political system. (Michele Andina, swissinfo.ch for ASO)
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Déja vu – swissinfo

It isn’t the first time that the strong franc has given the Swiss economy a headache. In the 1970s Switzerland was in a very similar situation, and back then the National Bank managed to lower the value of the currency – but at quite a price: inflation. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Nuclear protest – swissinfo

Following events in Japan, nuclear power opponents have set up camp in the gardens of Bern’s electricity provider BKW. The protesters are determined to stay until the Mühleberg power plant is shut down. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Voters endorse labour accord with EU

euA key bilateral accord with the European Union on open labour markets has won a clear majority at the ballot box. Switzerland’s rightwing parties, which forced the nationwide vote, suffered a defeat on Sunday February 8, as nearly 60 per cent of voters backed the government and a broad alliance of parties, organisations and the business community.

Official results show 59.6 per cent of the electorate approving a proposal to continue a labour accord with 25 EU states and at the same time extend the agreement to the newest members Bulgaria and Romania.

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