We choose change. And you?

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We want courageous decisions, progressive minds and cross-party politics. We do not want another four years of political gridlock, we do not want another lost legislative term. That is why we will vote in a new way. We will elect visions, not dogmas. People, not lists. We’ll vote across parties. We’ll vote for change. What about you?

The clock is ticking. In October we’ll decide whether we want to shape the future - or lose another four years. The federal elections are a vote on Switzerland as a country of opportunity - a referendum on progress or gridlock.

We want a country that offers opportunities and protects freedoms. A country that recognises its success as a result of, and not in spite of, its openness. A country that embraces the changing times with curiosity and not with fear. A country that appreciates immigration as an enrichment. A country that jointly tackles the tasks of our time with its European neighbours. We want a progressive, modern, social, innovative and internationally connected Switzerland.

The challenges of our time can only be met in cooperation with other countries. Nowhere is this more true than in the battle against the climate crisis. We want a country that meets the changing times with innovation and courage. A country that upholds the fundamental rights of its citizens, in real life and digitally. A country that defends and strengthens liberal institutions and fights abuses of power. A country that sustainably secures the future of coming generations. A nation united by choice that offers everyone who wants to be a part of it the chance to join in. A country that upholds individual freedom and equal opportunity for everyone, regardless of gender, origin or way of life.

Our country needs progress. But right now, gridlock rules.

The current legislative termis a lost one. A coalition of obstructionists refuses to shape the future. The increasing polarization of politics undermines Switzerland's ability to compromise. The National Council is blocking itself. Progressive concerns and constructive solutions are drowned out. Innovation is prevented, reforms fail. 

We want to change that.

We want transformation. So we choose change. We want progressive minds from various parties. We want a new culture of cross-party cooperation. We elect content and ideas - across party lines.

We want to create a new majority for Switzerland as a land of opportunity. And it’s up to us: just a few additional votes in Parliament are enough to set the ball rolling. Let's do it!

We want to shape a new majority for Switzerland. Even though we may not always completely agree on all details, we want to support this land of equal opportunity with common goals - through compromise and across party lines. These are our seven priorities:

Switzerland's European policy lacks courage and vision. None of the European policies have been worthy of that name. Integration into the European internal market is central to Switzerland as a hub of knowledge and industry. It is also important to defend and advance Europe's liberal achievements. We are part of a European community of values. In the ongoing quest for democracy and freedom, the European states are our natural allies in a new, turbulent world. We are currently facing the country's biggest unresolved structural problem: we need to update our relations with Europe. We are in favour of market access and legal certainty and endorse  the conclusion of the draft Institutional Framework Agreement as a necessary condition to achieve these goals. We are in favour of further market access agreements, more European cooperation and more participation. We want to ensure participation in the EU research programme, the Erasmus Plus education programme, and the EU cultural promotion programme. We want to contractually strengthen access to the global markets and oppose protectionism: environmental, social and fiscal standards must be verifiably laid down in our economic agreements.

Tackling climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. It is in Switzerland's interest to develop national and international solutions to this problem. Yet, Swiss climate policy is not making much progress. If we want to give our children and grandchildren a world in which they too can live freely, greenhouse gas emissions must be significantly curbed. The best way to do this is by implementing true-cost pricing ("polluter pays" principle) and innovating. True-cost pricing enables to internalise climate change into economic decisions. Innovation boosts greener technologies and makes them marketable and competitive. Switzerland needs a climate master plan. A sustainable climate is only possible if net emissions fall to zero by 2050. Consequently, Switzerland must set a binding target for net zero emissions by 2050 without offsetting abroad and set corresponding, binding interim targets. True-cost pricing needs to be enforced for buildings and mobility, especially aviation. This requires a CO2 tax on fuels in line with the target path (including an increase in the levy if interim targets are not met) and mobility pricing for land transport. Switzerland has to support e-mobility with the best set of non-monetary incentives in Europe (e.g. charging stations, e-tracks) and become the innovation hub for system innovation, i.e. the combination of various technologies in the field of energy and mobility. Tackling climate change requires cooperation across national borders: in addition to domestic policy measures, good cooperation between Switzerland and the EU, one of the key players in international climate policy, is also needed. For Switzerland, a good relationship with the European states is crucial for the implementation of an effective climate policy. Among other things, a bilateral electricity agreement with the EU is a prerequisite for achieving the objectives of renewable energy production.

A liberal democracy respects and protects diversity and individual lifestyle  choices. We stand for individual freedom, self-determination and equal opportunities for all genders, lifestyles and ways of life. Yet, current Swiss family law primarily prescribes a traditional family model: through the joint taxation of married couples, the tax system upholds an economic and value model that is no longer in line with the diversity of lifestyles: working and single parents are often disadvantaged. Our legal system should not privilege certain lifestyles over others - be it in the form of relationships, taxation or the choice of family model. All forms of relationships and family models based on mutual consent, regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex, inside or outside of wedlock, should be enabled in equal measure. The compatibility of work and family life must be improved so that equality effectively can be reached in a relationship. Finally, equal opportunities for all genders, which have been enshrined in the Constitution, must be implemented, both in everyday life and at work. We demand marriage equality - with all the rights and duties associated with it (including adoption rights, access to reproductive medicine, family reunification and facilitated naturalisation) and the creation of a legally regulated domestic partnership that is equally open to all who chose it. Wen want/need/demand a freely divisible parental leave and individual taxation. The constitutional mandate, according to which the law must ensure legal and actual equality, must be fully enforced. Men and women are entitled to equal pay for work of equal value.

As a country united by choice and as a modern democracy, Switzerland has to offer good living and working conditions, democratic participation, and swift naturalisation procedures to all those who want to be part of it. All those whose lives are centred in Switzerland should, in principle, be entitled to citizenship. A country's migration and citizenship law lays down who has access to full membership in a community, as well as the conditions for social advancement and participation. Our current approach to migration is an obstacle to the realisation of our project as a nation united by choice and land of equal opportunity. We strive for a liberal immigration policy based on commitment and not on origin. Migration should be permitted in principle and prohibited only in exceptional cases. The current planned-economy system to steer the immigration flows of third-country nationals (citizens of non-EU/EFTA states) should be replaced. Free movement of persons within Europe must be  preserved. The minimum residency periods required for the naturalisation procedures at cantonal and municipal level are completely outdated. And the minimal period of residence in Switzerland should also be reduced. In addition, a liberal immigration policy should improve the living conditions for refugees. The first step along this path, in cooperation with our European neighbours, should be the creation of legal escape routes. It is shameful that there is no way of applying for protection in a European country without first having to entrust your life to smugglers and risk bare survival.

Digital policy continues to be widely neglected in Switzerland. Technological change has been addressed by outdated measures and an ad-hoc approach, lacking a holistic vision. That must change. We must ask: What are the fundamental transformations? What is the fundamental impact of technology on the way our society works? And can we use and develop technologies for the benefit of society as a whole? Technology does not automatically lead to a more democratic and freer society. It requires a political response. Switzerland is a land of digital opportunities: let’s seize them and simultaneously prevent their negative effects. A digital wind of change is blowing through our country. Let's build windmills, not protective walls. Let’s seize the opportunity of this transformation to rethink a few things: We could use technological tools to incorporate more people into the political process, for example through electronic consultations. Also, it is essential that we improve the digital infrastructure in the public sector: We need a clear data strategy, an exchange between agencies, and a legal framework to make Swiss government authorities "digital first". Digital innovation requires a better regulatory environment. This means the  freedom to experiment, a fruitful exchange between research and industry, but also national and international support for a world wide web that promotes innovation - including legally protected net neutrality and a ban on blocking. 

Digitalisation can also lead to abuse and concentration of power. It is precisely for this reason that progressive forces must stand up for the protection and expansion of self-determination in the digital realm and of digital fundamental rights. Not only should the use of recorded data be more transparent for the concerned individuals, but above all data protection legislation should give them more power.

Concentration of power is always a problem, for states as well as for corporations. Too much concentration of power not only contradicts the basic idea of free markets and our understanding of a democracy based on the rule of lawa democratic and constitutional state, but also jeopardises the stability of the entire (economic) system. In the recent past, globalisation has led to a very high concentration of power among a few globally active corporations, the most recent example being the trend towards monopolisation in the digital sector. We support the idea of open, global markets. But regulation should ensure and support market efficiency and stability. To this end, competition law must be tightened and international cooperation expanded. Transnational competition regulation must be strengthened and global rule harmonisation actively promoted through international regimes and treaties, including in the area of taxation. Competition law must be adapted to the age of the platform economy. The market power of large platforms must be limited, among other things with stricter transparency and information obligations and taxation in line with market conditions. The current antitrust ban on abusive practices by dominant companies should be extended to "relatively powerful" companies. Geoblocking in e-commerce has to be banned.

Scientific and social progress has given us longer and freer lives. But politics is struggling to deal with this gift. There is little sign of the creative will of the founding fathers of our social security system. The restructuring of the pension system is going to be a central task of the next legislative term. The funding and scope of social security institutions need to be secured in the long term. How do we make our welfare state fit for the future and suitable for generations to come? We need an open debate about the flexibilisation of the retirement age and the adjustment of contributions. We support a gradual and socially acceptable adjustment of the average retirement age in line with life expectancy, taking into account the individual’s personal work and health conditions. More flexibility in the workplace can also support families - through flexible daily working hours, part-time employment, seasonal models and paid parental leave. In principle, we need to redraft the deal between generations through a broad social debate. After all, to date Switzerland's success has been based on an agreement between generations - and that's how we will continue to succeed.

We want to shape a new majority for Switzerland. Even though we may not always completely agree on all details, we want to support this land of equal opportunity with common goals - through compromise and across party lines. These are our seven priorities:

Christina Bachmann-Roth
Liste 4a, CVP

Yannick Berner
Liste 3a, FDP

Maya Bally
Liste 7a, BDP

Yvonne Feri
Liste 2a, SP

Beat Flach
Liste 6a, GLP

Laura Curau
Liste 21, CVP

Claudine Esseiva
Liste 9, FDP

Ursula Zybach
Liste 3, SP

Astrid Bärtschi
Liste 7, BDP

Kathrin Bertschy
Liste 15, GLP

Florence Brenzikofer
Liste 7, GP

Balz Stückelberger
Liste 1, FDP

Eric Nussbaumer
Liste 2, SP

Christian Egeler
Liste 1, FDP

Sibel Arslan
Liste 8, GP/BastA!

Gerhard Andrey
Liste 7, GP

Bernhard Altermatt
Liste 1, CVP

Sophie Buchs
Liste 7, CVP

Romain de Sainte Marie
Liste 2, SP

Susanne Amsler
Liste 23, GLP

Vera Stiffler
Liste 2, FDP

Ursin Widmer
Liste 1, BDP

Roland Fischer
Liste 4, GLP

Anne-Sophie Morand
Liste 6, FDP

Karin Stadelmann
Liste 5, CVP

Arber Bullakaj
Liste 3a, SP

Susanne Vincenz-Stauffacher
Liste 4a, FDP

Oliver Schmid-Schönbein
Liste 5a, GLP

Karin Schwiter
Liste 5, SP

Dominik Blunschy
Liste 1, CVP

Florence Bettschart-Narbel
Liste 17, FDP

Axel Marion
Liste 18, CVP

Nicola Forster
Liste 4, GLP

Ursula Keller
Liste 3, FDP

Davide Loss
Liste 2, SP

Ursula Troisio
Liste 7, BDP

Philipp Kutter
Liste 5, CVP

Marionna Schlatter
Liste 6, GP

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