Obviously a rise in participation in/around BernCity helped SPS. Partly this was caused by the fact, that the nonLeft-camp was not in danger to lose its majorities in parliament and government.
By the way Bern-government: One exciting element of swiss politics is always, how the ministries are distributed after the elections. Compared to other countries swiss parties like to exchange them quite frequently. Super-stable Bern has seen few changes, though. But after the Left had lost its majority, some revenge took place and SVP conquered the SocialMinistry, which had been SPS-run since the ~1950ies; this time SVP's second minister switched to the InfrastructureMinistry (SPS since ~1930), delivering the 2 smallest departments (Justice; Economy&Agriculture) to SPS.
Geneva (the canton, not the city) will go to the PollingStations this SunDay. A historical OverView:
Geneva was, of course, the city of CALVIN; nowadays quasi no calvinistic relicts are left. Taking the close relationship of Calvinism and Capitalism into account (cf. SCHELER, W.SOMBART, M.WEBER), Calvin's party were the Liberals (representing the old & antidemocratic liberal GrandBourgeoisie), but even they ceased to exist by merging with their former ArchEnemies, the liberal&democratic Radicals (PLR/FDP), whose genius loci was - to a certain extent - AMIEL. But Geneva was also the city of St.FRANCIS DE SALES and has had a substantial catholic minority of poor & workingClass immigrants (InnerCH; Romance), inevitably voting for PDC/CVP. Then Geneva was the home of ROUSSEAU nearly (His father had to flee from G. and settle in a NeighbourVillage already in France), the ArchFather of the RadicalLeft and RadicalRight. And indeed, G. has had an inclination for LeftExtremism - after all an anarchist assassinated Austria-Hungary's empress Elisabeth -, inclusive chaotic governing (nicknamed by the GermanSwiss as "Genferei"; this time it is not impossible, that the election will have to be repeated...). Now and again RightRadicals have emerged, too: In the 1970ies the xenophobic Republicans celebrated their biggest successes in G., succeeded by the FreedomPartySwitzerland/FPS and recently MCG (who are in economics - different to the liberal UDC/SVP - rather Socialists). Geneva has a 7%-threshold, what has led often to further - very unSwiss - instability. (The FarLeft was often - and is also this time [like MCG] - divided, what has cost them sometimes parliamentary representation, thus taunted as "the stupidest Left"...)
Out of the 7 ministers 1 has already been elected: Maudet (the young&ambitious PLR/FDP-minister for security). Among the others SOTOMO polled quite correctly: MCG's Poggia is indeed second&safe, followed by the first PDC/CVP-candidate, then the GREENS-one and the first Socialist - all 5 incumbents. After them a second Socialist, on seventh place a second Liberal&Radical. What means, that PDC/CVP might lose its second minister in the RunOff to PSS/SPS (what would give the Left 3/7).
Post by Devil Wincarnate on May 20, 2018 18:11:16 GMT
I have now seen the arguments for and against the monetary changes proposed in the referendum, and am none the wiser. I'm going to go with a No based on the fact that it seems to be getting little coverage compared to the gambling vote.
"People may say what they like about the decay of Christianity; the religious system that produced green Chartreuse can never really die."
In Glarus important decisions are still made by the LandsGemeinde (assembling all citizens). Glarus was 55%:45% protestantic:catholic (due to different calendars even the PostService was split...) and since ~1860 CH's most industrialized area (especially TextileIndustry). The Democrats - FDP's prodemocratic wing 100 years ago - was strong here (and in Graubünden), merged with BGB into SVP 40 years and their followers from BDP split away 1 decade ago.
Graubünden-elections cannot really provide perCentages, because the 120 seats are distributed in 39 constituencies, resulting in a strong disproportionality (and making it very difficult for challengers like SVP or the left parties). BDP is already weakened, as 1 of its 2 minister-candidates had to step down (ConstructionCompanies-cartel). The campaign has been extremely calm. (Some mockers mean, that this is typical, when a small canton, where everyone is connected with everyone, is shaked by a big scandal...)
Graubünden-elections cannot really provide perCentages, because the 120 seats are distributed in 39 constituencies, resulting in a strong disproportionality (and making it very difficult for challengers like SVP or the left parties).
In Graubünden not more than 166 candidates will compete for 120 seats, that's 1.38 per MP! Ex grege 27 for the 20 in capital Chur, in 15 of 39 ElectoralUnits (naturally mostly1-seaters) there won't be any choice at all. Close to impossible to vote the incumbents (usually from CVP, FDP, BDP) out.
7 men will try to become ministers. Presently it's 2 BDP (but, as written, they won't have a second candidate), 1 FDP, 1 CVP, 1 SPS.
Sotomo made even a poll (probably online):
61.8% FDP (inc., the man on the poster) 58.1% CVP 1 (inc.) 42.0% BDP (inc.) 38.5% SPS (new) 38.3% CVP 2 (new) 36.5% Ind. (new; a SongWriter searching illumination; somewhere between NIETZSCHE, POUND and J.DERRIDA...) 33.3% SVP (new; a moderate - his idol is Mandela... - with apparently only 75% support from SVP-voters; as sitting PolicePresident he received after the Davos-meeting recently a ThanksLetter from Trump - will not necessarily be helpful...)