7 ideas for change

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?

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 law, 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 ha be banned. and a basic ban on geographic market foreclosure should be implemented in e-commerce.

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.

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