Video: Direct democracy in Switzerland

 

In Switzerland, the most important decisions are usually made through referendums: the budget, taxes, controversial laws, and so on. A referendum on a certain law can be requested with 50,000 signatures; citizens can bring their own proposal to a vote with 100,000 signatures. The Swiss feel very strongly about their direct democracy, which is one of the reasons why they do not want to join the European Union.

 

 

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