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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 13/04/2012

Basic income makes youths lazy

Activists in Bern launched a Swiss initiative that foresees citizens being guaranteed an unconditional basic income. The ideas behind the initiative are not viable financially and will hurt working morale, the liberal Tages-Anzeiger writes: "The costs of a basic income of 2,500 francs [2079 euros] and continued social insurance, as envisaged by the activists, would be enormous. Depending on which model was adopted the VAT would have to be increased to 40 percent - a measure that doesn't stand a chance with the population. If on the other hand the basic income was set at around 1000 francs [832 euros] and replaced social insurance, as proposed by conservative economists, the unemployed, pensioners and handicapped would receive considerably less than they do today. … The state should stop distributing money indiscriminately and allocate it selectively. And it should do its best to reintegrate the needing into working life so they can support themselves. It's not good for young people in particular to get used to hanging around doing nothing thanks to an 'unconditional basic income'."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 15/12/2011

New Federal Council breaks taboo

The right-wing populist Swiss People's Party (SVP) has received just one of the seven seats in the Swiss cabinet even though it is the strongest party in the country and according to the concordance system is entitled to two. The liberal Tages-Anzeiger is concerned about the future of Switzerland's traditional consensus democracy: "Switzerland has fared well in the past with its arithmetic concordance. And it would be wrong for it to deviate from the consensus democracy now. This model, with its power to drive social integration, is tailor-made for our culturally heterogeneous country. The emphasis on division of power fits in with the kingless history of the Swiss Confederation and has led to a stability that has proved to be a great locational advantage. With yesterday's elections to the Executive Federal Council a taboo has been broken: why continue allocating seats according to the number of votes a party wins if the 5-percent BDP party is allowed to trump the 27-percent SVP and the 15-percent FDP still holds two seat in the Federal Council? The successful arithmetic concordance model is faltering. And Switzerland must take care that it doesn't collapse."

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