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Adolf Deucher (15 February 1831, in Wipkingen – 10 July 1912, in Bern) was a Swiss politician.
Alain Berset (born 9 April 1972) is a Swiss politician of the Social Democratic Party.
Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra (Principat d'Andorra), also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra (Principat de les Valls d'Andorra), is a sovereign landlocked microstate on the Iberian Peninsula, in the eastern Pyrenees, bordered by France in the north and Spain in the south.
André Simonazzi (born 1968) is a Swiss politician born in Monthey.
A bailiff (from Middle English baillif, Old French baillis, bail "custody, charge, office"; cf. bail, based on the adjectival form, baiulivus, of Latin bajulus, carrier, manager) is a manager, overseer or custodian; a legal officer to whom some degree of authority or jurisdiction is given.
Bern or Berne (Bern, Bärn, Berne, Berna, Berna) is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their (e.g. in German) Bundesstadt, or "federal city".
Bosnia and Herzegovina (or; abbreviated B&H; Bosnian and Serbian: Bosna i Hercegovina (BiH) / Боснa и Херцеговина (БиХ), Croatian: Bosna i Hercegovina (BiH)), sometimes called Bosnia-Herzegovina, and often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe located on the Balkan Peninsula.
Bureaucracy refers to both a body of non-elective government officials and an administrative policy-making group.
A cabinet is a body of high-ranking state officials, typically consisting of the top leaders of the executive branch.
The canton of Bern (Bern, canton de Berne) is the second largest of the 26 Swiss cantons by both surface area and population.
The canton of Zürich (Kanton) has a population (as of) of.
The 26 cantons of Switzerland (Kanton, canton, cantone, chantun) are the member states of the Swiss Confederation.
The Federal Chancellor (Bundeskanzler(in); Chancelier(-ière) fédéral(e); Cancelliere(-a) della Confederazione; Chancelier(a) federal(a)) is the head of the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland, which acts as the general staff of the seven-member Federal Council.
The Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland (Christlichdemokratische Volkspartei der Schweiz, CVP; Parti Démocrate-Chrétien, PDC; Partito Popolare Democratico, PPD; Partida cristiandemocratica Svizra, PCD) is a Christian democratic political party in Switzerland.
Christiane Brunner (b. Geneva, 23 March 1947) is a Swiss female politician and a licensed lawyer.
Christoph Blocher (born 11 October 1940) is a Swiss politician, industrialist, and former member of the Swiss Federal Council heading the Federal Department of Justice and Police (2004–2007).
Co-option (also co-optation, sometimes spelled coöption or coöptation) has two common meanings.
Collegiality is the relationship between colleagues.
Consensus decision-making is a group decision-making process in which group members develop, and agree to support a decision in the best interest of the whole.
The Conservative Democratic Party of Switzerland (Bürgerlich-Demokratische Partei Schweiz, BDP; Parti bourgeois démocratique suisse, PBD; Partito Borghese Democratico Svizzero, PBD; Partida burgais democratica Svizra PBD, PBD; all translations mean literally Citizens' Democratic Party of Switzerland) is a conservative political party in Switzerland.
A constitutional convention is an informal and uncodified procedural agreement that is followed by the institutions of a state.
Democracy (δημοκρατία dēmokraa thetía, literally "rule by people"), in modern usage, has three senses all for a system of government where the citizens exercise power by voting.
Der Bund (English: The Union) is a Swiss German-language daily newspaper published in Bern.
Direct democracy or pure democracy is a form of democracy in which people decide on policy initiatives directly.
A directorial republic is a country ruled by a college of several people who jointly exercise the powers of a head of state or a head of government.
A domestic partnership is an interpersonal relationship between two individuals who live together and share a common domestic life but are not married (to each other or to anyone else), but they receive a lot of benefits that guarantee rights of survivor ship, hospital visitation and others.
Doris Leuthard (born 10 April 1963) is a Swiss politician and lawyer.
The early modern history of the Old Swiss Confederacy (Eidgenossenschaft, also known as the "Swiss Republic" or Republica Helvetiorum) and its constituent Thirteen Cantons encompasses the time of the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648) until the French invasion of 1798.
Elisabeth Kopp (born 16 December 1936, in Zürich) is a Swiss politician and the first woman elected to the Swiss Federal Council (1984–1989).
Emil Welti (23 April 1825 in Bad Zurzach, Aargau – 24 February 1899) was a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1866–1891).
Ernst Nobs (14 July 1886, Seedorf, Bern – 15 March 1957) was a Swiss politician.
Eugène Ruffy (2 August 1854 in Lutry – 25 October 1919) was a Swiss politician.
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf (born 16 March 1956) is a Swiss lawyer, politician, and former member of the Swiss Federal Council from 2008 to 2015.
In literature and drama, the term everyman has come to mean an ordinary individual with whom the audience or reader is supposed to be able to identify easily and who is often placed in extraordinary circumstances.
The exhaustive ballot is a voting system used to elect a single winner.
The federal administration of Switzerland (Bundesverwaltung, Administration fédérale, Amministrazione federale, Tribunal administrativ federal) is the ensemble of agencies that constitute, together with the Swiss Federal Council, the executive branch of the Swiss federal authorities.
The Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung, Assemblée fédérale, Assemblea federale, Assamblea federala) is Switzerland's federal legislature.
The Federal Chancellery of Switzerland (Bundeskanzlei, Chancellerie fédérale, Cancelleria federale) is a department-level agency of the federal administration of Switzerland.
The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS, Eidgenössisches Departement für Verteidigung, Bevölkerungsschutz und Sport, Département fédéral de la défense, de la protection de la population et des sports, Dipartimento federale della difesa, della protezione della popolazione e dello sport, Departament federal da defensiun, protecziun da la populaziun e sport) is one of the seven departments of the Swiss federal government.
The Federal Department of Finance (FDF, Eidgenössisches Finanzdepartement, Département fédéral des finances, Dipartimento federale delle finanze, Departament federal da finanzas) is one of the seven departments of the Swiss federal government.
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA, Eidgenössisches Departement für auswärtige Angelegenheiten, Département fédéral des affaires étrangères, Dipartimento federale degli affari esteri, Departament federal d’affars exteriurs), so named since 1979, is one of the seven Departments of the Swiss government federal administration of Switzerland, and corresponds in its range of tasks to the ministry of foreign affairs in other countries.
The Federal Palace (Bundeshaus, Palais fédéral, Palazzo federale, Chasa federala, Curia Confœderationis Helveticæ) refers to the building in Bern housing the Swiss Federal Assembly (legislature) and the Federal Council (executive).
Felix Louis Calonder (December 7, 1863 – June 14, 1952) was a Swiss politician, member of the Swiss Federal Council from 1913 to 1920, and President of the Confederation in 1918.
A field trip or excursion is a journey by a group of people to a place away from their normal environment.
The Free Democratic Party or Radical Democratic Party (Freisinnig-Demokratische Partei, FDP; Parti radical-démocratique, PRD; Partito liberale-radicale svizzero, PLR; Partida liberaldemocrata svizra, PLD) was a liberal political party in Switzerland.
Friedrich Frey-Herosé (12 October 1801, Lindau – 22 September 1873) was a Swiss politician.
A grand coalition is an arrangement in a multi-party parliamentary system in which the two largest political parties of opposing political ideologies unite in a coalition government.
Margaretha "Gret" Loewensberg (born 1943) is a Swiss architect and the wife of former Swiss Federal Councillor Moritz Leuenberger.
Gustave Ador (23 December 1845 – 31 March 1928) was a Swiss politician.
Guy Parmelin (born 9 November 1959) (Page visited on 9 December 2015).
A head of government (or chief of government) is a generic term used for either the highest or second highest official in the executive branch of a sovereign state, a federated state, or a self-governing colony, (commonly referred to as countries, nations or nation-states) who often presides over a cabinet, a group of ministers or secretaries who lead executive departments.
A head of state (or chief of state) is the public persona that officially represents the national unity and legitimacy of a sovereign state.
In Swiss history, the Helvetic Republic (1798–1803) represented an early attempt to impose a central authority over Switzerland, which until then had consisted of self-governing cantons united by a loose military alliance (and ruling over subject territories such as Vaud).
Daniel-Henri Druey (12 April 1799 – 29 March 1855) was a Swiss politician of the 19th century and a founding father of constitutional democracy in Switzerland.
History of the Jews in Switzerland reaches back at least a thousand years.
The Bellevue Palace is a five-star luxury hotel located in the Old City of Bern, Switzerland.
Ignazio Cassis (born 13 April 1961) is a Swiss physician and politician.
Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body formally levels charges against a high official of government.
Jörg De Bernardi (born 1973) is a Swiss diplomat and politician.
Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel (11 May 1811, Geneva – 6 August 1893) was a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1864-1872).
Jean-Marie Musy (10 April 1876 – 19 April 1952) was a Swiss politician.
Johann Niklaus Schneider-Ammann (born Schneider; 18 February 1952) is a Swiss businessman and a politician.
Jonas Furrer (3 March 1805 – 25 July 1861) was a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1848–1861).
Martin Josef Munzinger (11 November 1791 – 6 February 1855) was a Swiss politician.
Josef Zemp (2 September 1834, Entlebuch – 8 December 1908) was a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1891-1908).
Joseph Deiss (born 18 January 1946) is an economist, Swiss politician and a member of the Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC).
A leak is a way (usually an opening) for fluid to escape a container or fluid-containing system, such as a tank or a ship's hull, through which the contents of the container can escape or outside matter can enter the container.
Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to social hierarchy.
Leon Schlumpf (3 February 1925 – 7 July 2012) was a Swiss politician and a former member of the Swiss Federal Council (1979-1987).
Liberal democracy is a liberal political ideology and a form of government in which representative democracy operates under the principles of classical liberalism.
The Liberal Party of Switzerland (Liberale Partei der Schweiz, Parti liberal suisse, Partito Liberale Svizzero, Partida liberala svizra) was a party with economically liberal policies.
A lictor (possibly from ligare, "to bind") was a Roman civil servant who was a bodyguard to magistrates who held imperium.
Lilian Uchtenhagen (7 September 1928 – 6 September 2016) was a Swiss politician and economist.
The seven members of the Swiss Federal Council (Schweizerischer Bundesrat; Conseil fédéral suisse; Consiglio federale svizzero; Cussegl federal svizzer) constitute the federal government of Switzerland and serve as the country's head of state.
This is a list of members of the Swiss Federal Council, in chronological order and for any given year since inauguration of the federal council, from 1848 to present.
This is a list of political parties in Switzerland.
Below is a list of Presidents of the Swiss Confederation (1848–present).
The rural palace of Lohn in Kehrsatz, near Bern, Switzerland, is the official estate of the Swiss Federal Council, the government of Switzerland.
In Swiss politics, the magic formula (Zauberformel, formule magique, formula magica) is an arithmetic formula for dividing the seven executive seats of the Federal Council between the four ruling parties.
Micheline Anne-Marie Calmy-Rey (born 8 July 1945) is a Swiss politician.
Moritz Leuenberger (born 21 September 1946) is a Swiss politician, lawyer, was a member of the Swiss Federal Council from 1995 to 2010 and President of the Confederation in 2001 and in 2006.
A motion of no confidence (alternatively vote of no confidence, no-confidence motion, or (unsuccessful) confidence motion) is a statement or vote which states that a person(s) in a position of responsibility (government, managerial, etc.) is no longer deemed fit to hold that position, perhaps because they are inadequate in some respect, are failing to carry out obligations, or are making decisions that other members feel are detrimental.
Nationalization (or nationalisation) is the process of transforming private assets into public assets by bringing them under the public ownership of a national government or state.
An official residence is the residence at which a nation's head of state, head of government, governor or other senior figure officially resides.
The Old Swiss Confederacy (Modern German: Alte Eidgenossenschaft; historically Eidgenossenschaft, after the Reformation also République des Suisses, Res publica Helvetiorum "Republic of the Swiss") was a loose confederation of independent small states (cantons, German or) within the Holy Roman Empire.
The political party that has the majority is called ruling party and all other parties or their members are called the Opposition.
Parliamentary immunity, also known as legislative immunity, is a system in which members of the parliament or legislature are granted partial immunity from prosecution.
The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed in the 1990s to present documents, including text formatting and images, in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems.
A pension is a fund into which a sum of money is added during an employee's employment years, and from which payments are drawn to support the person's retirement from work in the form of periodic payments.
A political spectrum is a system of classifying different political positions upon one or more geometric axes that symbolize independent political dimensions.
Switzerland is a semi-direct democratic federal republic.
The President of the Confederation, colloquially known as the President of Switzerland or Federal President, is the head of Switzerland's seven-member Federal Council, the country's executive branch.
Primus inter pares (Πρῶτος μεταξὺ ἴσων) is a Latin phrase meaning first among equals.
The Revolutions of 1848, known in some countries as the Spring of Nations, People's Spring, Springtime of the Peoples, or the Year of Revolution, were a series of political upheavals throughout Europe in 1848.
Right-wing politics hold that certain social orders and hierarchies are inevitable, natural, normal or desirable, typically supporting this position on the basis of natural law, economics or tradition.
The Roman Republic (Res publica Romana) was the era of classical Roman civilization beginning with the overthrow of the Roman Kingdom, traditionally dated to 509 BC, and ending in 27 BC with the establishment of the Roman Empire.
Romansh (also spelled Romansch, Rumantsch, or Romanche; Romansh:, rumàntsch, or) is a Romance language spoken predominantly in the southeastern Swiss canton of Grisons (Graubünden), where it has official status alongside German and Italian.
Rudolf Minger (13 November 1881 – 23 August 1955) was a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1929–1940).
Ruth Dreifuss (born 9 January 1940 in St. Gallen) is a Swiss politician affiliated with the Social Democratic Party.
Ruth Metzler-Arnold (born 23 May 1964) is a Swiss politician and former member of the Swiss Federal Council (1999–2003).
Samuel Schmid (born 8 January 1947 in Rüti bei Büren, Canton of Bern) is a Swiss politician who was a member of the Swiss Federal Council from 2000 to 2008.
San Marino, officially the Republic of San Marino (Repubblica di San Marino), also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino (Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino), is an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains.
The secret ballot is a voting method in which a voter's choices in an election or a referendum is anonymous, forestalling attempts to influence the voter by intimidation, blackmailing, and potential vote buying.
Simonetta Sommaruga (born 14 May 1960) is a Swiss politician of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland who is a current member of the Swiss Federal Council, the federal government of Switzerland, and head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (the Swiss justice minister).
The Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (also rendered as Swiss Socialist Party; Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz, SP; Parti socialiste suisse, PS; Partito Socialista Svizzero; Partida Socialdemocrata de la Svizra) is a political party in Switzerland.
The Sonderbund War (Sonderbundskrieg) of November 1847 was a civil war in Switzerland, then still a relatively loose confederacy of cantons (states).
A spokesman, spokeswoman or spokesperson is someone engaged or elected to speak on behalf of others.
A statute is a formal written enactment of a legislative authority that governs a city, state, or country.
Stefano Franscini (23 October 1796, Bodio – 19 July 1857) was a Swiss politician and statistician.
A supermajority or supra-majority or a qualified majority, is a requirement for a proposal to gain a specified level of support which is greater than the threshold of one-half used for majority.
The Swiss Armed Forces (German: Schweizer Armee, French: Armée suisse, Italian: Esercito svizzero, Romanisch: Armada svizra) operates on land, in the air, and in international waters.
The Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation (SR 10, Bundesverfassung der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft (BV), Constitution fédérale de la Confédération suisse (Cst.), Costituzione federale della Confederazione Svizzera (Cost.), Constituziun federala da la Confederaziun svizra) of 18 April 1999 (SR 101) is the third and current federal constitution of Switzerland.
An election for all seven members of the Federal Council, the government of Switzerland, was held on 9 December 2015, following the federal election on 19 October 2015.
Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 18 October 2015 for the National Council and the first round of elections to the Council of States, with runoff elections to the Council of States being held in various cantons until 22 November.
Swiss Federal Railways (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, SBB, Chemins de fer fédéraux suisses, CFF, Ferrovie federali svizzere, FFS) is the national railway company of Switzerland.
The franc (sign: Fr. or SFr.; Franken, French and Romansh: franc, franco; code: CHF) is the currency and legal tender of Switzerland and Liechtenstein; it is also legal tender in the Italian exclave Campione d'Italia.
The Swiss order of precedence is a hierarchy of important positions within the government of Switzerland.
The Swiss People's Party (Schweizerische Volkspartei, SVP; Partida populara Svizra, PPS), also known as the Democratic Union of the Centre (Union démocratique du centre, UDC; Unione Democratica di Centro, UDC), is a national-conservative and right-wing populist political party in Switzerland.
SWI swissinfo.ch is a ten-language news and information platform produced by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a sovereign state in Europe.
Transparency, as used in science, engineering, business, the humanities and in other social contexts, is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed.
Ulrich "Ueli" Maurer (born 1 December 1950) is a member of the Swiss Federal Council.
Ulrich Ochsenbein (24 November 1811, Unterlangenegg – 3 November 1890) was a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1848-1854).
The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States.
Victor Ruffy (18 January 1823, Lutry – 29 December 1869) was a Swiss politician.
In parliamentary procedure, a voice vote (or viva voce, from the Latin, "live voice") is a voting method in deliberative assemblies (such as legislatures) in which a vote is taken on a topic or motion by responding orally.
Walter Thurnherr (born 11 July 1963) is the Federal Chancellor of Switzerland since 1 January 2016.
Wilhelm Matthias Naeff (19 February 1802 – 21 January 1881) was a Swiss politician and one of the seven initial members of the Swiss Federal Council (1848–1875).
Women's suffrage (colloquial: female suffrage, woman suffrage or women's right to vote) --> is the right of women to vote in elections; a person who advocates the extension of suffrage, particularly to women, is called a suffragist.
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