Monday 16 October 2017

Swiss voters say they've too much democracy

Ian Hunter in Geneva

SWISS voters decided yesterday that they have enough democracy already, overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal to hold more referendums on international treaties.

A nationalist group in the already poll-happy Alpine republic wanted voters to have an automatic say every time the government signs an important international agreement.

However, not one of the 26 cantons voted in favour of more referendums in yesterday's referendum, and 75.2pc of voters rejected the plan. Such proposals need a majority of both voters and cantons to pass.

Most major parties opposed the measure, saying it could gridlock Swiss democracy -- as one pre-vote poster put it, "too much democracy kills democracy". Switzerland already holds about half a dozen national referendums each year as well as local ones.

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