Swiss Chronicle 2003
- March, 3rd: Switzerland's team Alinghi is the first European team
to win the America's Cup
- May, 18th: Referendum on a reorganisation of the Swiss Army. The
political right opposing a reduction of the armed forces is defeated.
- June, 1st: G8 - summit at Evian (French shore of Lake Geneva). Massive
protests in Geneva.
- Summer heat and dryness for several months all over central Europe that
have not been seen for more than 50 years.
- October, 19th: Elections to the federal parliament. The populist
Swiss People's Party gains 12 seats on cost of the
Christian Democratic Party and the Free Democratic Party.
Many observers talk of a landslide turn to the right while they oversee
that the left (Social Democratic Party and Greens) gain 8 seats as well.
- December, 10th: Christoph Blocher, leader of the right-wing
Swiss People's Party is elected federal councillor (member of
Swiss Chronicle 2004
- January, 30th: Swiss tennis player Roger Federer wins the
Australian Open and reaches number one ranking.
- May, 13th: negotiations on a second packet of agreements between
Switzerland and the European Union are successfully finished.
- August, 28th: Death of Sigi Feigel, former chairman of
- September, 26th: In a referendum, a paid maternity leave is accepted
while two proposals for a facilitated naturalization of immigrants in
the second and third generation are rejected.
- November, 11th: In a referendum, a revised scheme to smoothe the
differences between rich and poor cantons is accepted by a majority,
only three rich cantons don't want to show more solidarity ...
Swiss Chronicle 2005
- June, 6th: In a national referendum a clear majority of the Swiss
electorate votes in favor of Switzerland joining the European Union's
Schengen / Dublin agreement on abolition of person checks at state
borders and better cooperation of police forces. A second referendum
allowing homose×uals to register a partnership and thereby
taking similar financial responsibility for each other than spouses
is also accepted.
- Saturday August, 20th to Monday August, 22th: The most heavy
rainfalls for more than 100 years in Switzerland devastate
large regions of the country. Five people are reported to have
been killed, two are still missing. Material damages amount up to
2 billion Swiss Francs (1.3 billion $).
Major roads and railroads crossing the alps (St. Gotthard, Lötschberg)
have been cut for several days, but Southern Switzerland could always
be reached over the San Bernardino route. The prealpine regions Entlebuch
(west of Lucerne), Obwalden and Bernese Oberland are hit by landslides
and rivers Schächen and Reuss floods the region around Altdorf (Uri)
at the upper end of Lake Lucerne.
The floods of Rivers Kleine Emme, Reuss, Aare and of many small brooks
that have become huge rivers have carried away some roads and bridges
and cause the lakes of Sarnen, Lucerne, Thun and Biel to reach their
100 year high level marks.
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- September, 25th: In a national referendum a clear majority of the Swiss
electorate votes in favor of extending the agreement on
facilitated access of European Union citizens to Switzerland's
labour market (and vice versa) to the new eastern European EU members.
- October, 30th: Bülach, a small town 23 km [14 miles] north of
Zurich organized the first referendum worldwide where the electorate
could use SMS [short text message service] functionality of their
cellular phones to say YES or NO. About 12% of the active electorate
voted by SMS, further 26% by internet services and the rest by
traditional ballots (paper). The electronic voting procedure includes,
of course, encryption and codes to make sure that nobody will be able
to vote twice and that local authorities are still not able to find out
who was voting in favour or against the government's proposals. National
experts in information technology and political sciences supervised
the tests and found no irregularities (except for wanted testcases
showing that attempted fraud is sure to be detected by the procedures
- even in case a person tries to vote both by SMS and by a traditional
- November, 27th: Switzerland's electorate has clearly accepted a
national initiative demanding for a 5 years moratorium on
food produced in Switzerland using genetical engineering techniques.
In a second referendum concerns a small modification of the law on
working conditions in commerce was accepted with a very slight majority
of only 50.6% (20,000 votes). Shops in major railway
stations and airports may now sell any products on Sundays.
Swiss Chronicle 2006
- March, 31st: A number of former Swissair managers are formally
accused of illegal transactions leading to the
banruptcy of Swissair
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