Switzerland and the EU


According to the Federal Council, the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU are to be adapted into an overarching institutional framework. The consequences to the democratic process and Swiss democracy constitute the research programme of this project group.

Ongoing projects

European citizens’ initiatives

With the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty, a new and uniquely conceived instrument of direct democracy was put into the spotlight. The project aims to monitor the use of this new instrument through citizens as well as its impact. Part of the project is also the comparison of the European citizens' initiative to the Swiss popular initiative.
Project leader: Lorenz Langer
Duration: 2013–
Research database UZH

Completed projects

The European Referendum Revisited

Projekct leader: Andreas Auer
Project collaborators: Fernando Mendez, Vasiliki Triga
Research database UZH