The House of the Cantons

The opening of the House of Cantons (Haus der Kantone, Maison des cantons) in 2008 was a milestone in the cooperation between the 26 cantons. As a joint umbrella organisation of 13 governmental and 16 associated organisations of the cantons, it functions as a centre for knowledge, discussion and consultation. The House of Cantons concentrates … Read more » “The House of the Cantons”

The Swiss Militia System

One of the essential characteristics of Swiss democracy is its militia system ( Milizsystem,  système de milice). It means that the citizens make, form and supervise the state at all levels, the res republica. History The system is a centuries-old concept of the “Landsgemeinde” (the cantonal assembly) in the so-called Urschweiz, i.e. the cantons in central Switzerland. Switzerland (die … Read more » “The Swiss Militia System”

The founder of direct democracy

On 6 March 1866, Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler, one of the founders of modern Switzerland, died. He was born in Beromünster in 1780. At nineteen, he left his post in the Napoleonic administration of the Helvetic Republic (1798-1803) to study in Jena. He was successful in ophthalmology in Göttingen. However, his republican and liberal sentiments … Read more » “The founder of direct democracy”