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Conscription Referendum: The Third Option

Conscription Referendum: The Third Option

On 2 January, Austrians cast their ballots on a first-ever national referendum on the military, choosing whether to switch to an all-volunteer professional army, a Berufsheer, or maintain conscription for all young men 18 to 35, with the option of alternative service, or Zivildienst. When all the votes were in on the non-binding referendum, nearly […]

Androsch’s Mission Impossible

Androsch’s Mission Impossible

“It was clear from the beginning that this was a mission impossible,” commented Hannes Androsch on ORF Radio, Sunday, 20 January, as the early returns were announced in Austria’s first nationwide non-binding referendum, held earlier that day supporting a continuation of mandatory military service. The result had not come as a surprise to the 74-year-old […]

Referendum: Swiss vote ’no’

Referendum: Swiss vote ’no’

With a relatively high turnout of 37.8%, Swiss voters turned down a measure that would call for referendums concerning international treaties. The 17 June referendum had been called by the ultra-conservative Action for an Independent and Neutral Switzerland, in hopes that Swiss citizens would prefer greater direct democracy concerning international affairs. By an overwhelming majority […]

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