One of the main instruments of Swiss direct democracy is the federal popular initiative. What is it?
What is a popular initiative?
A federal popular initiative allows the People to amend the Federal Constitution, either in part or as a whole.
What is a direct or indirect counter-proposal to a popular initiative?
Direct and indirect counter-proposals are tools used by the Federal Council and Parliament to propose an alternative to a federal popular initiative.
Who can sign a popular initiative, and how are the signatures checked?
The rules on collecting signatures. The requirements for signing an initiative.
What is a cantonal popular initiative? And a communal popular initiative?
In Switzerland, there are different forms of initiatives at federal, cantonal and communal level. What are these instruments used for at cantonal and communal levels?