After an Electoral ‘Tsunami,’ What’s Ahead for Switzerland’s Greens?

Swiss Green Party President and National Councilor Regula Rytz, right, and Green Party Bern Grand Councilor Natalie Imboden react to election results, Bern, Switzerland, Oct. 20, 2019 (Photo by Peter Schneider for Keystone via AP Images).
Swiss Green Party President and National Councilor Regula Rytz, right, and Green Party Bern Grand Councilor Natalie Imboden react to election results, Bern, Switzerland, Oct. 20, 2019 (Photo by Peter Schneider for Keystone via AP Images).
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Switzerland’s Green party outdid already high expectations in the country’s late-October elections, picking up a record number of seats to become the fourth-largest party in the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss parliament. The right-wing, anti-immigrant Swiss People’s Party finished first, but well below its 2015 results, followed by the center-left Social Democrats and the center-right Liberals, both of which also suffered losses compared to 2015. Combined with gains by the Green Liberals, a more centrist environmental party, the elections represented a Green “tsunami,” according Pascal Sciarini, as quoted in The New York Times. In an email interview, […]

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