Swiss parliamentary elections 2007

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2003General election of
the National Council in 2007
Turnout: 48.8%
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North facade of the Federal Palace
Bundesplatz with the Federal Palace

The Swiss parliamentary elections in 2007 were mainly held on October 21, 2007. The 200 mandates of the National Council and 43 of the 46 mandates in the Council of States were to be newly awarded. This 48th legislative period will last four years until October 2011.

In the National Council, the SVP (+7 seats), the Greens (+6), the CVP (+3) and the first-time Green Liberals (3) were able to gain. The SP (−9) and the FDP (−5) lost. The SD had to give up their last mandate from the National Council.

There was a shift to the left in the Council of States: SVP (−1) and FDP (−2) lost at the expense of the Greens (2) and Green Liberals (1) newly represented in the Council of States.

On December 12, 2007, the two chambers of the new parliament elected the new Swiss government, the Federal Council , in a joint session as the United Federal Assembly .

Election mode

National Council

The national councils have been elected according to the proportional representation system since 1919 . H. the seats are distributed in the individual cantons according to the proportion of voters on the party lists and only within the list according to the individual votes. The number of seats per canton is determined based on the number of inhabitants.

More detailed on this: National Council (Switzerland) - electoral process

Council of States

Every canton has elected two representatives for the Council of States since 1848 ( half-cantons : one representative). The elections to the Council of States are based on cantonal law. With the exception of the canton of Jura, all cantons apply the majority vote. With the exception of the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Zug , the cantons were also elected on October 21st. Zug had already determined its two Councilors of States on October 29, 2006, Appenzell Innerrhoden elected its (only) Council of States, Ivo Bischofberger (CVP), on April 29, 2007 to the Landsgemeinde . In the Canton of Graubünden , the elections to the Council of States took place for the first time at the same time as the elections to the National Council.

More detailed on this: Council of States - electoral procedure

Starting position

In the National Council elections in 2003, the parties achieved the following results:

Political party: SVP SP FDP CVP Green LPS EPP EDU PdA SD Lega CSP SGA SolidaritéS
Seats: 55 52 36 28 13 * 4th 3 2 2 1 1 1 1* 1
Share of voters in%: 26.73 23.33 17.30 14.38 7.62 2.18 2.28 1.26 0.90 0.92 0.35 0.36 0.50

* During the legislature, Martin Bäumle switched to the newly founded Green Liberal Party , which resulted in the Green Party losing seats. Conversely, Jo Lang from the SGA in the canton of Zug joined the Green parliamentary group and has since represented the Zug alternatives .

The 46 seats in the Council of States were distributed as follows:

Political party Seats
Seat share
CVP 15th 32.6%
FDP 14th 30.4%
SP 9 19.6%
SVP 8th 17.4%
Development of the share of the vote in national council elections

The increased polarization in the parliamentary elections of 2003 meant that the composition of the Federal Council, which had been constant since 1959, was changed according to the magic formula 2 FDP, 2 CVP, 2 SP and 1 SVP: The CVP lost one seat to the SVP. In doing so, it also lost its crucial hinge role in the state government. The shift in focus in the Federal Council to the center-right, combined with the election of SVP protagonist Christoph Blocher to the state government, caused considerable unrest in Swiss politics.

Trends in the previous cantonal elections

The elections to the canton council of the most populous canton of Zurich on April 15, 2007 brought the SP a drop from 26.7 to 19.5% of the vote. The winners of the elections were the Green Liberal Party , which received 5.8% of the vote when they first ran, and the Green Party, which increased its share of the vote from 8.1 to 10.4%. The SP attributed its poor performance alongside the new competition to a lack of communication and failed mobilization of its electorate. Investigations of the election flows came to the conclusion that the Greens lost more to the Green Liberals than the SP (and FDP). However, the SP also had to accept larger losses of alternate voters to the Greens.

However, the analysis of all cantonal elections since the last federal parliamentary elections does not reveal a uniform trend. Depending on the canton, there was further polarization, left or right slides or a strengthening of the center.

Legislature reports

In the 2007 election campaign, legislative reviews and rankings of the previous parliamentarians gained in media popularity.

In the legislature that ended in 2007, the CVP had the highest success rate. In 93% of the name votes, more than half of their parliamentary group was in the majority camp. It was followed by the FDP with 87%, while the SVP with 70%, the SP with 69% and the Greens with 63%. Independently, between 2003 and 2007, the Greens appeared most united. 89 percent of their parliamentary group generally voted the same; with the SP it was 88%, with the FDP and the SVP each 77% and with the CVP 73%.

The most extensive ranking of politicians in the National Council identified the parliamentary group presidents of the FDP and SVP, Felix Gutzwiller and Caspar Baader , as the most influential national councilors, based on the positions taken and external assessments of the politicians . They are followed by Jacqueline Fehr (SP) and Christine Egerszegi-Obrist (FDP) as the most influential politicians in the National Council. The most influential Council of States was therefore the St. Gallen Eugen David (CVP).

As in 2003, the former consumer advocate and today's Bern SP Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga is considered the most credible parliamentarian in Switzerland among the electorate.

National Council elections

National Council Chamber

The following council members did not stand for election:

According to preliminary information, in the 20 constituencies with more than one National Council mandate, 3089 people on a total of 311 lists ran for one of the 194 seats in the National Council, which are effectively allocated according to the proportional representation procedure. This exceeded the previous high of 1999, when 2845 candidacies were put up. The proportion of women was 35% and is stable.

Council of States elections

See below .

Election campaign

Election goals of the parties

The following election targets were announced:

  • SVP: "Gaining 100,000 new voters and increasing the proportion of voters again."
  • SP: "Become the strongest party and break the right-wing majority in the Bundesrat."
  • FDP: Six additional seats for the FDP parliamentary group (FDP and LPS)
  • CVP: Increase and (now or 2011) recapture the second Federal Council seat
  • Greens: "Three to five additional seats in the National Council and entry into the Council of States."
  • EPP: secure group strength
  • EDU: “One to three additional seats in the National Council. Secure parliamentary group strength with the EPP. "

Election campaign expenses of the parties and candidates

In Switzerland there is no legal basis that would regulate election campaign expenses. Accordingly, statements by the parties should be used with caution.

A study by Mediafocus on visible advertising comes to the conclusion that right-wing parties spent significantly more money on the election than left-wing parties:

Political party Estimated
(CHF million)
SVP 12.1
FDP 6.1
SP 2.5
CVP 2.2
Green 0.7

As part of a Selects study among almost 8,000 candidates, around 1,700 candidates answered questions about their own campaign expenses, which led to the following result:

Political party Sum of the self-declared
expenses of candidates
(CHF million)
SVP 6.1
FDP 5.9
SP 2.5
CVP 4.9
Green 1.2

In the same study, the amount that parties and candidates spent per eligible voter in the election campaign is estimated at CHF 5. This is comparable to the election campaign spending in other western democracies, e.g. B. with the US presidential election.

Campaign appearances of the parties

  • SVP : The Swiss People's Party ran the most visible and aggressive election campaign , using a large campaign budget and thus successfully pursuing agenda setting . Her sheep posters , with which she first promoted her initiative “For the deportation of criminal foreigners” and later for the party, and her film “Heaven and Hell” caused protests, some of which were peaceful, and ultimately even violent. She declared the parliamentary elections to be a acid test for or against the remaining of Christoph Blocher in the Federal Council and accused the other parties - namely the SP and the CVP - of pursuing a secret plan to vote out Christoph Blocher. This earned her the accusation of her opponents of cultivating personality. Christoph Blocher opened a series of television videos on the Internet and on private television stations in the main phase of the election campaign. Silvia Blocher, the wife of Federal Councilor Blocher, also intervened in the election campaign.
  • SP : The Social Democratic Party of Switzerland presented itself as a strong counterforce to the SVP. With so-called «summit conferences» she tried to bring socio-political issues to the fore. She collected signatures for her tax justice initiative and against corporate tax reform and led an advanced online election campaign with a new website and blogs . A poster showing an airplane crashing at a nuclear power plant met with criticism both internally and externally. Attacks on Federal Councilor Christoph Blocher were also dominant in the SP's election campaign, especially in the final phase of the election campaign. It is unsustainable as a Federal Councilor, it poisons the political climate in Switzerland and stirs up hatred and intolerance. The SP also attacked Blocher directly on one of its election posters, which varied the sheep motif of the SVP posters; under the title “Abzotteln, SVP” white sheep can be seen kicking a billy goat with the face of Blocher over a red-white border.
FDP election campaign appearance
  • FDP : Under the title “Hop Sviz”, the Free Democratic Party relied on four projects: intelligent Switzerland, open Switzerland, just Switzerland and growing Switzerland. In her advertising, which was supposed to be aimed at a young urban audience, she focused primarily on positive emotions and, least of all parties, on individual heads.
  • CVP : The Christian Democratic People's Party relied heavily on its “popular figure Doris Leuthard ”. She promoted balance, dialogue and constructive solutions with peaceful celebrations. The CVP played an important role in the Roschacher affair ; CVP party president Christophe Darbellay indirectly called on Federal Councilor Christoph Blocher to resign.
  • Greens : The Greens largely renounced a national election campaign and concentrated their resources primarily on cantons in which they expect to win seats. Nevertheless, they drew attention to climate change on a poster across the country with a melting ice lolly. During the election campaign, the Greens made it clear that they would campaign for Christoph Blocher to be voted out.

Campaign issues

The electoral barometer allows the following conclusions to be drawn about the issues relevant to the population entitled to vote:

  • In the last six months before the election, the themes of “environment / climate” and “foreigners / integration / deportation” alternately dominated.
  • In the same period, questions of social security and social insurance on the one hand, and unemployment and economic situation on the other, established themselves as the third and fourth most interesting topics.
  • Further topics were:
  • Asylum / Refugee Policy
  • Family policy
  • Healthcare
  • Health insurance premiums
  • Relationship with the EU
  • Public finances

Climate protection and energy

The UN climate report , Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth and Storm Events gave the topic of climate protection a new impetus. It was predicted that the Greens in particular would benefit from this - mainly at the expense of the SP, which, despite many years of performance in this area, could hardly have prevented a shift to the Greens. The central demands of the left were a CO 2 levy , the shifting of freight traffic to the railways and state subsidies for renewable energies. The bourgeois parties FDP and CVP also took on this topic , also in view of the new competition from the glp .

While the bourgeois parties are in favor of building a new nuclear power plant , as this avoids the threat of dependency on foreign countries and greenhouse gas emissions can be saved compared to gas-fired power plants, the left categorically rejected nuclear power plants and instead relies on increased efficiency and renewable energies.

With a popular initiative, the FDP wants to curtail the right of association complaints, which gives environmental associations such as the Swiss Transport Club the opportunity to have official decisions judicially examined for compliance with the environmental law.

Youth violence

Although apparently contradicting statistics were drawn up on the increase in youth violence by the police and youth advocacy, the importance of this topic had grown. Various cases, particularly of juvenile rape , became public and caused a stir. An SVP advertisement showing a picture of a rapper on the subject of juvenile delinquency enraged the hip-hop scene - rappers like Gimma and Stress protested loudly. The SVP sees the problem primarily as a problem for foreigners, although the number of offenses committed by young people with Swiss passports has increased more, and is calling for tougher measures. SP candidate for the Council of States, Chantal Galladé , also caused a sensation with her demand to lower the age of criminal law.

Crime and integration of foreigners

With its deportation initiative, the SVP demanded the consistent deportation of seriously criminal foreigners. In contrast, the left-wing parties in particular called for greater integration efforts according to the motto "promote and demand". The Basel model by Thomas Kessler often serves as a model.


Through tax competition among the cantons , the cantons try to attract empires and companies with different models. The bourgeois parties see tax competition as a means of promoting the attractiveness of the location . The left parties want to limit it, since it will primarily benefit the rich and ruin the state. The Federal Supreme Court ruled the tax model introduced in the canton of Obwalden with degressive elements as not in conformity with the constitution.

With its Easy Swiss Tax model , the FDP wants to greatly simplify tax returns by eliminating many options for deductions. This is intended to plug tax loopholes. Coupled with this, she wants to bring about tax cuts. A flat tax is also being discussed. The SP wants to simplify the tax return even more. With its tax justice initiative , it calls for a minimum tax rate for the super-rich and anchoring the ban on degressive tax models in the constitution.

Economy and education

Left parties are calling for more investment in education. They are also committed to helping consumers (low prices, parallel imports) and employees (minimum wages). The CVP excelled with its demand for a unilateral introduction of the Cassis de Dijon principle .

Foreign policy

Foreign policy was not very prominent during the election campaign. The SVP continues to follow a clear isolationist course and is against joining the EU and extending the free movement of persons. The business-oriented bourgeois parties FDP and CVP are divided on the question of EU accession, but support a strong link to the EU with bilateral agreements. The SP is the only party that is clearly in favor of EU accession negotiations.

International Law and Anti-Racism Law

In October 2006, while legal proceedings were ongoing against Doğu Perinçek for denying the Armenian genocide , Blocher criticized the Swiss anti-racism penal code in Turkey. In his speeches on the national holiday in 2007, Blocher warned against thoughtlessly adopting international law that curtailed popular rights. For the other party, international legal norms are not debatable.

National celebration on the Rütli

After the disruptive actions of right-wing extremists in 2004 and 2005 and the massive police operation in 2006, which prevented a further appearance by right-wing extremists, no solution for a peaceful implementation of the national celebration on the Rütli could be found for 2007 , as neither the neighboring cantons wanted the federal government to pay for the costs of the police operation. Nevertheless, Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey announced that she would speak on the Rütli. While the SVP wanted to cancel the celebration on the "normal meadow with cow dung", others did not want the right-wing extremists to "win" under any circumstances. Finally, private donors led by Johann Schneider-Ammann and Nicolas Hayek made the event possible.

Roschacher case

On September 5, 2007, a report by the National Council's Business Audit Commission (GPK-N) was published, which examined , among other things, the background to the resignation of Federal Prosecutor Valentin Roschacher ( CVP ). In it, SVP Federal Councilor Christoph Blocher is accused of giving the federal prosecutor inadmissible instructions regarding media information in ongoing proceedings and of having awarded severance payments without a legal basis. This is "problematic in terms of the rule of law". Representatives of the SP, CVP and FDP pointed this out to the point that Blocher had “scratched the separation of powers” ​​and thus violated fundamental principles. The SP and the Greens demanded in the National Council that Justice Minister Blocher be deprived of administrative powers through the federal prosecutor's office.

On the occasion of the public presentation of this report, the President of the FDJP / BK sub-commission of the GPK-N, Lucrezia Meier-Schatz ( CVP ), mentioned indications of alleged abnormalities in this matter: When banker Oskar Holenweger was arrested , who was responsible for the The Federal Prosecutor's Office is suspected of money laundering , the content of which reveals striking parallels to later events in connection with Roschacher's departure were found. As a result, there was talk of an "H-Plan" which aimed to bring Roschacher down and in which Federal Councilor Blocher would have been involved. Both sides demanded a quick and complete clarification of the allegations against Blocher - according to the will of the SVP before the elections, for which the GPK did not want to give any guarantee. After SVP National Councilor Christoph Mörgeli was able to present the original documents, which the GPK said their procurement should take months, to the public a day later - Mörgeli had received them directly from Holenweger - the GPK's allegations of conspiracy collapsed.

The SVP, which had previously accused the center-left parties of pursuing a secret plan to not re-elect Blocher, saw their suspicions confirmed by this development. She accused the CVP and the Council Left of using the GPK for a politically motivated intrigue against Federal Councilor Blocher and the SVP. According to the SVP, the president of the responsible GPK sub-commission, Lucrezia Meier-Schatz , was the driving force behind the criticized approach of the GPK. Since the GPK is in the evaluation of the Holenweger documents z. Sometimes relying on statements from representatives of the Federal Prosecutor's Office, individual media representatives located an intrigue in the Federal Prosecutor's Office itself, which a gullible GPK took advantage of.

The questions that remained unanswered were then widely discussed and contributed significantly to the emotionalisation of the election campaign. Federal Councilor Pascal Couchepin increased this by saying, alluding to his colleague Blocher, that a country does not need a " Duce " for the well-being of a country . Federal Councilor Christoph Blocher then accused the French-speaking Federal Council members, Pascal Couchepin and Micheline Calmy-Rey, of being part of the putsch plans. Shortly before the elections, the SVP and the SP forced an urgent National Council debate, which, however, did not bring any solutions. The main question to be resolved is who should oversee the Federal Prosecutor's Office .

Riots on October 6, 2007

On October 6, 2007, serious riots broke out in Bern in the run-up to the upcoming parliamentary elections. The occasion was an approved move by the SVP, and an unauthorized but tolerated counter-demonstration by the “Black Sheep” committee, which wanted to set a counterpoint to the politics of the SVP. Around 10,000 people took part in the SVP rally, the counter event was attended by around 3,000 people. Left activists used sit-in blocks to force the SVP move to be reversed. As a result, there were riots by the black block , in which cars, food stalls and public facilities were demolished and some were set on fire, Bundesplatz was stormed and a large number of police officers and bystanders were injured. These riots also received international attention, for example they found their way into reports in the English and French-language international press.


The election campaign was arguably the toughest in Switzerland's recent history. There was a tendency to focus on individuals, and Federal Councilors - contrary to previous practice - were increasingly involved in the election campaign.

Decision support

Smartvote offered systematized candidate profiles on the Internet. They were based on 73 factual questions that the applicants had filled out. Interested voters could answer the same questions and thus determine the agreement of the preferences with the applicants and the parties. The profiles were created on the basis of eight factors: foreign policy opening, social liberalization, expanded welfare state, more environmental protection, economic liberalization, restrictive financial policy, law and order, and restrictive migration policy. They can be mapped on two dimensions, on the one hand the contrast between left and right , and on the other hand that between conservatism and liberalism .

Election observation

For the first time, the 2007 parliamentary elections were observed by an OSCE delegation . She was positively interested in the Swiss experience with the high percentage of postal votes , because this is also increasing internationally. The voter turnout , the election application and the dependence of the print media on party advertisements were critically questioned . A report with recommendations is to be published on this after the elections.

Before that, Doudou Diène , the UN special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia, had called for the SVP's “little sheep” posters to be withdrawn in the Human Rights Council , as they were not only markedly xenophobic, but also aggressive. The Federal Council rejected this as unlawful interference in the election campaign. The SVP subsequently reduced its poster presence and replaced it with posters with Justice Minister Christoph Blocher. This in turn defended his party's posters several times.

Instruments of election analysis

Pre-election polls

Polls on the outcome of the National Council elections are difficult to draw up in Switzerland because of the complicated allocation of seats. For the following reasons, the proportion of votes gained through surveys at national level can practically not say anything about how the next National Council will be composed of seats:

  1. The votes of the parties are not converted to mandates as in Germany at the federal level, but each of the 26 cantons forms its own constituency , within which the seats to which the canton is entitled are proportionally allocated.
  2. In the cantons, the parties can combine their party lists into lists . When assigning mandates, these initially form a unit that is superordinate to the party lists, which, due to proportional representation, is often entitled to more seats than the party lists would have achieved separately.
  3. By spreading , the voter can combine candidates from different lists on a new list. Every vote he gives to a candidacy from another party will be deducted from the party whose list is being used in proportion to the existing line.
  4. In the many small cantons, which only have a few seats in the National Council due to their low population, smaller parties are traditionally disadvantaged. This applies especially to the cantons of Uri , Obwalden , Nidwalden , Glarus , Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden , which each elect only one national council based on the majority procedure . If only one person is running, even silent voting is possible here. Two other cantons ( Schaffhausen and Jura ) only elect two national councils each.

All election surveys in Switzerland therefore refrain from converting the party strengths determined into seats.

One of the so far unsolved problems of all election surveys in Switzerland is that the votes of the Swiss abroad are not recorded. The official statistics usually do not show this either. A study from 2003 suggested, however, that the Swiss abroad and in Switzerland do not have the same party preferences, mainly due to their different sociological structures.

Election surveys are a useful tool to find out the will of voters (including, to a limited extent, non-voters). They show the motives of the voters, and they allow analytical models to examine the causes of the voting decisions from the point of view of electoral research. Preliminary conclusions for the 2007 election include:

  • the important form of identification with parties takes place via people (federal councilors, party exponents and local top candidates)
  • the second most important is about campaigning, which must be motivating;
  • the third most important concerns the political position on the left / right axis, which needs to be filled with values ​​that paint a clear picture of the party;
  • the fourth most important are topics that interest the voters, resp. positions can be filled by the parties; and
  • The fifth most important identification approach concerns the consequences of the party election for the composition of the parliament that determines the new Bundesrat.

Depending on the party, the importance of the five reasons for the party decision is different. In addition, the hierarchy changed towards the end of the election campaign: The importance of topic identification decreased. When it came to personal identification, the focus was on Federal Councilor Blocher.

Elective barometer

Before the elections, the research institute gfs.bern carried out representative polls at regular intervals on behalf of SRG SSR idée suisse . These gave the following results:

Political party: SVP SP FDP CVP Green LPS EPP glp PdA EDU
October 2006: 26.4 23.5 15.5 14.2 9.2 1.1 1.9 1.2 1.1
January 2007: 27.0 23.0 16.1 14.9 9.0 1.0 1.9 1.0 0.8 1.2
April 2007: 26.2 22.6 15.6 14.6 10.7 1.9 1.7 1.5 1.4 0.9
4th-16th June 2007: 25.1 22.1 17.0 15.0 10.9 1.0 1.4 1.3 1.6 1.1
9-21 July 2007: 26.2 21.6 16.2 14.6 10.3 1.5 1.8 1.8 1.4 1.2
6-18 August 2007: 26.2 22.8 15.8 15.2 9.5 1.5 1.9 1.5 1.1 1.4
August 27 - September 8, 2007: 25.6 22.6 14.7 15.0 10.7 1.1 1.7 2.2 1.2 1.6
12-22 September 2007: 26.7 22.3 15.0 15.4 10.6 1.0 1.8 2.5 <1 1.7
September 24th - October 6th 2007: 27.3 21.7 15.5 15.4 10.0 1.6 2.2 2.5 <1 1.2

The electoral barometer was based on a representative survey of at least 2,000 people entitled to vote who were interviewed within ten days using a uniform standardized questionnaire. The interviews were conducted by telephone using a computer. The statistical sampling error is (in 95% of the cases) +/- 2.2%. The effective mean forecast error is around one percent.

The electoral barometer expected a higher turnout than in 2003 (at that time: 45%), although the willingness to mobilize last fell again after an interim high in August 2007.

Finally, the electoral barometer relativized the voting power of the green liberals because the party only ran in two cantons. She did not pick up around two fifths of her potential in surveys.

Other polls

The opinion research institute Isopublic also conducted surveys. In some cases, their results differ significantly from those of the “election barometer”.

Political party: SVP SP FDP CVP Green LPS EPP CSP PdA EDU SD FPS other
20.-28. October 2006: 24.7 25.3 15.2 14.1 9.1 3.8 3.3 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.2 2.9
6-23 June: 24.6 24.2 15.4 14.6 9.8 4.2 3.2 0.4 0.6 0.3 - 0.2 2.5
September 5 - October 1, 2007: 26.1 22.3 15.3 14.9 12.6 1.9 2.3 0.4 0.3 1.3 0.8 - 1.8

Finally, the Demoscope institute also published an election poll, for which only limited technical data are available.

Political party: SVP SP FDP CVP Green
March 2007: 29.1 23.1 15.4 15.6 8.1
June 2007: 24.4 25.2 15.9 15.0 9.8
2-4 October 2007: 27.0 22.8 15.8 13.3 10.8

In all pre-election surveys, the time of the survey must also be taken into account. Election surveys may no longer be published in Switzerland ten days before election Sunday. The surveys that appear then are usually one to two weeks old.

In 2007, the market research institute CBC, financed from Asia, published an election survey for the first time within the ten-day blocking period.

Election exchanges

In addition to the electoral barometer, various media also offered the electoral exchange as a playful guide to the party strengths. The party strengths were determined with the share values ​​of the parties, which result from the daily virtual share purchase and sale on the election exchange. The results were only partially meaningful.

Seat estimates

Finally, various newspapers offered estimates of the effects of the elections on the distribution of seats in the National Council. They were not based on their own surveys. As a rule, they took into account the remaining mandate distribution from the last election, the cantonal election trends, the last election surveys and their own experience.

The Basler Zeitung saw seat gains for the Greens (+5) and for the SVP (+1) and the Green Liberals (+1), while the FDP (−1), CVP (−1) and SP (−2) could easily have lost seats should. The federal government saw significantly more losses in the SP (−6) and limited departures for the FDP and SVP (both −1). The Greens (+3) and the CVP (+2) could have gained. The focus was on the following shifts: gains for the Greens (+4), glp (+2), CVP (+1) and the far right (+1), losses for the SP (−3), the FDP (−2 ), the SVP (−2) and the EVP (−1). In the Council of States, the view added up with a shift in seats from the CVP to the Greens.

Result of the National Council election

The SVP emerged as the election winner for the fifth time. It was able to increase by 7 to 62 seats and has achieved the best result of a party since the introduction of the proportional representation system in 1919. The Greens were also able to achieve large profits. They won 20 seats (+6) and in their second election victory in a row, they only had a share of 10% of the vote. The CVP also did well (31 seats, +3), which turned the trend around after six defeats, and the Green Liberal Party, which won three seats straight away.

Above all, the SP has lost. Her number of seats decreased by 9 to 43. She recorded a loss of 3.8 percentage points in the share of the vote. The FDP has also lost (31 seats, −5), which remains ahead of the CVP despite the same number of seats. Nevertheless, it is the worst election result in the history of the FDP. The Swiss Democrats and the left-wing alliance Solidarités, whose representatives were voted out of office, are no longer represented in the new National Council.

Parties, votes (voter numbers), seats

Results from the cantons of the Swiss parliamentary elections 2007 / Results of the National Council elections

Comment on the number of voters: In the multi-person constituencies (20 cantons, to which a total of 194 of 200 seats are entitled), each voter has as many votes as there are seats available in his canton (34 in the canton of Zurich, 2 in the canton of Jura). He can assign these votes to any candidate on the lists that are standing for election ( panaschieren ). One vote for a candidate is also one vote for his party. If a voter has not given all of his votes to candidates, these votes go to the list chosen by him as so-called "additional votes". If the voter has not selected a list but has used a so-called "ballot slip without party name", unused votes expire (so-called empty votes). In order to obtain results that are comparable across cantons, the so-called "voter count" is used here. This is obtained by dividing the votes by the number of seats. But because a voter can distribute his votes to several parties, there are fractions of votes. The whole voter numbers given below are therefore rounded values. These represent nothing more than statistical fiction. In the canton of Aargau, for example, which has 15 mandates to award, a "voter" can also consist of 15 people who each have a candidate from the party concerned on their list.

20th 43 31 31 4th 62 
A total of 200 seats
Strongest parties in the cantons and distribution of seats

It should be noted that no votes from the canton of Nidwalden were included in the final result. There was only one applicant for a seat on the National Council to be awarded for this canton; the same applied to the election of the Council of States representative. The government council of Nidwalden then declared both candidates to have been elected by silent election.

Political party be right % (+/-) Seats (+/-)
Swiss People's Party 668,446 29.01% + 2.21% 62 +7
Social Democratic Party 450,586 19.55% −3.77% 43 −9
Liberal Democratic Party 363,056 15.76% −1.58% 31 −5
Christian Democratic People's Party 333,528 14.47% +0.08% 31 +3
Green Party of Switzerland 1 221,009 9.59% + 2.16% 20th +7
Evangelical People's Party 56,362 2.45% + 0.17% 2 −1
Liberal Party of Switzerland 42,356 1.84% −0.34% 4th 0
Green Liberal Party 33,104 1.44% +1.44% 3 +3
À Gauche toute! / Left alternative ( PdA , Sol , AL ) 30,470 1.32% −0.31% 1 −2
Federal Democratic Union 29,549 1.28% +0.02% 1 −1
Lega dei Ticinesi 13'031 0.57% + 0.22% 1 0
Swiss democrats 12,343 0.54% −0.42% 0 −1
Christian Social Party 9,984 0.43% +0.07% 1 0
Ecology libérale (NE, VD, VS) 7,987 0.35% + 0.35%
Forum Liberale Mitte (AG) 7'150 0.31% + 0.31%
Luke Gasser (OW) 3,095 0.13% + 0.13%
Party Interest Group Health (BE) 2,675 0.12% −0.00%
Mouvement citoyens genevois (GE) 2,655 0.12% + 0.12%
Freedom party 2,293 0.10% −0.09%
Chance 21 (LU) 1,269 0.06% −0.03%
Catholic People's Party (AG, SG, TG) 1,112 0.05% + 0.00%
Humanist Party (TI, ZH) 874 0.04% +0.02%
Free List / Overture (FR) 859 0.04% −0.04%
Popular action against too many foreigners and asylum seekers (BS) 852 0.04% −0.01%
Les communistes (GE) 784 0.03% + 0.00%
Men's party (BE) 704 0.03% +0.03%
Hemp-Ueli (ZH) 631 0.03% −0.01%
Interest group against mismanagement (BE) 615 0.03% +0.03%
For children and youth (SG) 583 0.03% +0.03%
Animal protection is human protection (SG) 499 0.02% −0.00%
Alternative list - against political lies 2 (TG) 495 0.02% +0.02%
Family Party (AG) 421 0.02% +0.02%
Daniel Trappitsch (GR) 305 0.01% 0.01%
Valais Citizens' Movement (VS) 291 0.01% + 0.01%
Jörg Stettler Büezer (BE) 257 0.01% −0.02%
Danowski (ZH) 228 0.01% + 0.00%
For more logic in politics (FR) 227 0.01% + 0.01%
For independent solutions in politics (SG) 227 0.01% + 0.01%
Independent Citizens Movement (FR) 193 0.01% −0.01%
Parti libré et indépendent 3 (NE) 148 0.01% + 0.01%
I Liberisti (TI) 131 0.01% + 0.01%
Swiss Citizens Party (BS) 111 0.00% + 0.00%
The Eastern Swiss Party (SG) 38 0.00% −0.00%
Isolated votes in single-person constituencies 2,778 0.12% + 0.05%

The deviations from other sources are due to the situation in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden : There the SVP and SP did not nominate any candidates, but several politicians from these parties received (valid) votes. The Federal Statistical Office counts these under “Other”. Here, however, they are assigned to their respective party, since their voters clearly wanted to support people from the parties concerned; there were also semi-official campaigns for at least one candidate.

1Including alternative Canton Zug (at that time observer with the GPS). If the Zug seat is counted among the Greens in 2003, the seat gain is reduced to +6.
2This one-woman list (Gabriela Coray) has nothing to do with the left-wing alternative list that exists in the cantons of Zurich and Schaffhausen . Statements on Coray's own homepage tend to suggest more conservative positions.
3in German: Free and Independent Party

Voting shares in the cantons (with multiple seats)

Voter numbers, percentages of smaller parties and names of those elected in the Swiss parliamentary elections 2007 / results of the National Council elections

AG 36.2 17.9 13.6 13.5 8.1 4.2 1.2
BL 28.5 25.2 17.0 11.4 13.8 2.8 0.5
BS 18.5 35.2 11.3 7.4 12.1 3.6 9.2 0.5
BE 33.6 21.2 15.1 4.7 12.9 5.4 3.6
FR 22.0 22.7 13.8 24.8 6.3 0.8 0.9
GE 21.1 19.1 7.7 9.7 16.4 1.2 14.8 6.8
GR 34.7 23.7 19.1 20.3 1.6
JU 13.7 36.9 13.4 25.0
LU 25.3 11.5 21.8 30.2 9.5 0.7
NE 23.2 25.9 12.7 3.3 9.4 1.2 13.2 9.2
SH 39.1 34.2 26.7
SZ 45.0 13.9 16.7 20.1 3.4 0.9
SO 27.1 19.5 21.0 20.4 10.0 1.8
SG 35.8 14.7 13.6 21.4 6.4 2.0 3.1 1.0
TI 8.7 18.1 28.1 24.1 4.8 1.3
TG 42.3 11.7 12.1 15.2 10.2 2.8 2.6
VD 22.4 22.0 14.6 5.6 14.3 1.1 8.1 6.8 1.3
VS 16.6 14.7 16.0 44.9 3.9 1.0 0.5
ZG 29.1 9.1 21.5 23.3 17.0
ZH 33.9 19.8 13.2 7.6 10.4 3.7 7.0 1.3 2.1
Switzerland 29.0 19.8 15.8 14.5 9.6 2.5 1.8 1.4 1.3 1.3

Distribution of seats in the cantons

The names of those elected in the Swiss parliamentary elections 2007 / Results of the National Council elections

Canton Total SVP SP FDP CVP Green LPS glp EPP EDU PdA / Sol. CSP Lega SD
Kanton AargauKanton Aargau Aargau 15th 6th 3 2 3 +1 1 0 −1
Canton of Appenzell AusserrhodenCanton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden Appenzell Ausserrhoden 1 1
Canton of Appenzell InnerrhodenCanton of Appenzell Innerrhoden Appenzell Innerrhoden 1 1
Canton of Basel-CountryCanton of Basel-Country Basel-Country 7th 2 2 1 1 1
Canton of Basel-StadtCanton of Basel-Stadt Basel city 5 1 2 −1 1 1 +1
Canton BernCanton Bern Bern 26th 10 +2 6th −2 4th 1 3 +1 1 1 0 −1
Canton of FriborgCanton of Friborg Freiburg 7th 1 2 1 2 1
Canton of GenevaCanton of Geneva Geneva 11 2 3 1 1 2 +1 2 0 −1
Canton of GlarusCanton of Glarus Glarus 1 1
canton of Grisonscanton of Grisons Grisons 5 2 1 1 1
Canton of JuraCanton of Jura law 2 1 +1 1 0 −1
Canton lucerneCanton lucerne Lucerne 10 3 1 2 3 1
Canton of NeuchâtelCanton of Neuchâtel Neuchâtel 5 1 1 −1 1 1 1 +1
Canton of NidwaldenCanton of Nidwalden Nidwalden 1 1
Canton of ObwaldenCanton of Obwalden Obwalden 1 1 +1 0 −1
Canton of SchaffhausenCanton of Schaffhausen Schaffhausen 2 1 +1 1 0 −1
Canton of SchwyzCanton of Schwyz Schwyz 4th 2 1 1
Canton of SolothurnCanton of Solothurn Solothurn 7th 2 1 −1 1 −1 2 +1 1 +1
Canton of St. GallenCanton of St. Gallen St. Gallen 12 5 +1 2 1 −1 3 1
Canton of TicinoCanton of Ticino Ticino 8th 2 3 2 1
Canton of ThurgauCanton of Thurgau Thurgau 6th 3 1 1 1
Canton of UriCanton of Uri Uri 1 1
Canton of VaudCanton of Vaud Vaud 18th 5 +1 4th 3 −1 1 +1 3 +1 1 −1 1 −1
Canton of ValaisCanton of Valais Valais 7th 1 1 −1 1 4th +1
Canton of ZugCanton of Zug train 3 1 1 1
Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich 34 12 7th −3 4th −1 3 +1 4th +1 3 +3 1 0 −1
Switzerland 200 62 +7 43 −9 31 −5 31 +3 20th +6 4th ± 0 3 +3 2 −1 1 −1 1 −2 1 ± 0 1 ± 0 0 −1


As Bernhard Hess and Pierre Vanek were voted out, the Swiss Democrats and the left-wing alliance SolidaritéS are no longer represented in the National Council. Well-known people who have been voted out are the Mayor of Grenchner Boris Banga, ex-SVP man and president of the officers' society Ulrich Siegrist, house owner representative Rudolf Steiner and Swiss-time editor Ulrich Schlüer. The leftist Josef Zisyadis , who moved to the canton of Obwalden in order to be able to fight its tax system, can remain in the National Council even though he would have been voted out. He can move up because party colleague Marianne Huguenin waives her mandate.

Newly elected

Well-known names among the newly elected are the Lausanne City President Daniel Brélaz and the former commander of the Swiss Guard, Pius Segmüller. Ricardo Lumengo moves into the national parliament as the second dark-skinned person after Tilo Frey . Some comparatively young made the leap into the National Council: Christian Wasserfallen (26), who inherits the seat of his deceased father Kurt Wasserfallen , Lukas Reimann (25), Tiana Moser (28), Natalie Rickli (30) and Bastien Girod (27) .

Results of the Council of States elections

Overview of the whole of Switzerland

Detailed results with votes from all candidates in the cantons under the results of the Council of States elections (2007–2011) .

15th 12 7th 
A total of 46 seats
Distribution of seats according to parties
Political party Seats
+/- Seats
CVP 15th ± 0 15th
FDP 12 −2 14th
SP 9 ± 0 9
SVP 7th −1 8th
Green 2 +2 0
glp 1 +1 0

There was a shift to the left in the Council of States: SVP (−1 seat) and FDP (−2) lost at the expense of the Greens (2) and Green Liberals (1).

With Robert Cramer in the canton of Geneva and with Luc Recordon in the second ballot in the canton of Vaud, the Swiss Green Party won seats on the Council of States for the first time at the expense of the FDP. The Green Liberal Party also moved into the small chamber for the first time with Verena Diener, just three years after it was founded. Until now, this seat of the Council of States was held by a representative of the SVP. In the canton of Basel-Landschaft, the social democrat Claude Janiak managed to win the only seat of the Council of States at the expense of the bourgeoisie after 20 years. The canton of Jura is the only canton to vote in the proportional representation system ; this made it possible that the previous Madeleine Amgwerd (CVP) was voted out at the expense of a party colleague, Anne Seydoux-Christe. The other previous one who lost his seat was Pierre Bonhôte (SP). He lost the election in the canton of Neuchâtel, previously with two SP Councilors of States, against FDP National Councilor Didier Burkhalter. This is one of seven national councilors who succeeded in moving to the Council of States. The others are Christine Egerszegi (FDP / AG), Felix Gutzwiller (FDP / ZH), Claude Janiak (SP / BL), Liliane Maury Pasquier (SP / GE), Luc Recordon (Greens / VD) and Géraldine Savary (SP / VD ). With 16 newly elected councilors, around a third of the council members were renewed, with an unchanged average age of 55.3 years. The proportion of women fell to 21.7% as there are now ten members of the Council of States instead of the previous eleven.

Elections according to cantons

Council of States Chamber

Details on the experiences with the exact number of votes of all candidates under the results of the Council of States elections (2007–2011) .

  • Aargau: The previous SVP politician Maximilian Reimann ran again in the canton of Aargau . His re-election in the first ballot was generally expected. The President of the National Council, Christine Egerszegi-Obrist (FDP) , ran for the resigned Councilor of States Thomas Pfisterer (FDP). However, it was competed by Pascale Bruderer (SP) and Esther Egger (CVP). Reimann and Egerszegi were elected in the first ballot.
  • Appenzell Innerrhoden : Ivo Bischofberger (CVP) was already elected to the Landsgemeinde on April 29, 2007.
  • Basel-Landschaft: In the canton of Basel-Landschaft , the FDP did not defend its previous mandate in the Council of States, but recommended former Government Councilor Erich Straumann (SVP) as part of the “Civil Cooperation (BüZa)” . With Claude Janiak (SP), President of the National Council, the left presented a prominent opponent. Claude Janiak was elected in the first ballot, which is the first time in 20 years that the Basel area has sent a “left” politician to the “Stöckli”.
  • Basel-Stadt: In the canton of Basel-Stadt , the liberal Grand Councilor Andreas Albrecht, who was supported by the CVP, FDP, LDP and SVP, competed against the previous Anita Fetz (SP) . The right-wing populist and former Grand Councilor Eric Weber also ran for election without a chance to vote . Anita Fetz was re-elected.
  • Bern: In the canton of Bern , the former SP Councilor of States, Simonetta Sommaruga, took office again. For the resigning Hans Lauri , the SVP sent government councilor Werner Luginbühl to the march. Sommaruga was considered set, while the starting position for the second seat was open. Dora Andres (FDP) and Franziska Teuscher (Greens) also had chances . Sommaruga was brilliantly re-elected, the second Council of States is Luginbühl.
  • Friborg: In the canton of Friborg , CVP parliamentary group president Urs Schwaller ran again; his undisputed re-election was expected. The second previous, Alain Berset (SP), was competed by his predecessor Jean-Claude Cornu (FDP). Schwaller and Berset were elected.
  • Geneva: In the canton of Geneva , the two previous women, Christiane Brunner (SP) and Françoise Saudan (FDP), no longer ran. The former liberal State Councilor, Martine Brunschwig Graf and the CVP career changer Jean-Pierre Jobin ran for the right . Liliane Maury Pasquier , SP, wanted to secure the previous seat of her party, but was challenged by the Green Councilor Robert Cramer . Cramer and Pasquier were elected, which means that for the first time there is a Green in the Council of States and the canton of Geneva is represented in the Council of States on the left-green.
  • Glarus: The two previous Fritz Schiesser (FDP) and This Jenny (SVP) were re-elected without any problems.
  • Graubünden: The two previous Christoffel Brändli (SVP) and Theo Maissen (CVP) were re-elected without any problems.
  • Jura: The previous Madeleine Amgwerd (CVP) was voted out in favor of her party colleague Anne Seydoux-Christe . The second Council of States is Claude Hêche (SP).
  • Lucerne: In the first ballot, the previous Helen Leumann (FDP) was re-elected, Konrad Graber defended the CVP seat in the second ballot.
  • Neuchâtel: In the canton of Neuchâtel , the two SP Councilors of States ran for re-election. The confirmation of Gisèle Ory is generally expected, while that of Pierre Bonhôte was uncertain. He was challenged by the communist mayor of Le Locle, as well as by the liberal government councilor Sylvie Perrinjaquet and the FDP national councilor Didier Burkhalter . In the second ballot, Ory defended her seat, and Burkhalter was newly elected.
  • Nidwalden: The former finance director Paul Niederberger (CVP) was elected in a silent election because there were no opposing candidates.
  • Obwalden: Hans Hess (FDP) was elected in a silent election because there were no opposing candidates.
  • St. Gallen: In the canton of St. Gallen two promising candidates attacked two incumbent Eugen David (CVP) and Erika Forster (FDP): Toni Brunner (SVP) a known National Council and SVP Cantonal President; the SP sent government councilor Kathrin Hilber into the race. In the second ballot, the two previous David and Forster were re-elected.
  • Schaffhausen: The two previous Councilors of State Peter Briner (FDP) and Hannes Germann (SVP) were confirmed in office.
  • Schwyz: The two previous members of the Swiss Council of States Bruno Frick (CVP) and Alex Kuprecht (SVP) ran for re-election. Other candidates were: Alois Kessler (CVP), Ueli Metzger (FDP) and Patrick Nauer ( Juso ). The two previous members, Frick and Kuprecht, were re-elected.
  • Solothurn: The two previous Solothurn Councilors of States Rolf Büttiker (FDP) and Ernst Leuenberger (SP) ran for re-election. They were challenged by Annelies Peduzzi , President of the CVP of the Canton of Solothurn. There was no joint election recommendation of the bourgeois parties FDP and CVP or the SP and one of these parties. Peduzzi's candidacy was perceived by the FDP as an attack on its Councilor of States Büttiker. Leuenberger was also supported by the Greens, Büttiker by the SVP and the Swiss Democrats , Peduzzi by the EPP . The two previous Büttiker and Leuenberger were re-elected.
  • Ticino: In the canton of Ticino , the former FDP Councilor of States Dick Marty started the race as the favorite. On the other hand, Filippo Lombardi (CVP), who has come under discussion as a motorist because of various violations of the law, was under pressure. He could have been replaced by the former SP National Council and world-famous cancer researcher Franco Cavalli (SP). Representative surveys in advance gave Cavalli better voting chances than Lombardi. The two previous Marty and Lombardi were re-elected in the second ballot.
  • Thurgau: In the canton of Thurgau , the two previous councilors Hermann Bürgi (SVP) and Philipp Stähelin (CVP) ran for re-election for their third term of office. You were challenged by three candidates. The green cantonal councilor Isabella Stäheli-Tobler and the SP cantonal councilor Walter Hugentobler were given a chance of a seat , while Gabriela Coray , who stood for the National Council on her own list “Alternative list against political lies”, had no chance. The two previous ones were confirmed in office.
  • Uri: The two CVP councilors, Hansruedi Stadler and Hansheiri Inderkum , were confirmed in office.
  • Vaud: In the canton of Vaud , Charles Favre (FDP) and Géraldine Savary (SP) tried to replace the withdrawing parties from their parties. They were challenged by Guy Parmelin (SVP) and Luc Recordon (GP). Savary was elected in the second ballot and, as another Green in the Council of States, Recordon, which means that Vaud is also represented in the Council of States left-green.
  • Valais: The canton of Valais is still represented in the Council of States by the CVP. Jean-René Fournier was elected in the first ballot, the Mayor of Visp, René Imoberdorf, in the second in a silent election.
  • Zug: The elections to the Council of States in the Canton of Zug took place in October 2006. Were elected Rolf Schweiger , FDP, and Peter Bieri , CVP.
  • Zurich: Eight candidates applied for the vacant seats of Hans Hofmann and Trix Heberlein . FDP and SVP wanted to defend the “bourgeois ticket” with Felix Gutzwiller and Ueli Maurer . In addition, former government councilor Verena Diener (glp), Chantal Galladé (SP), Daniel Vischer (Greens), Kathy Riklin (CVP), Niklaus Scherr ( AL ) and Ruedi Aeschbacher (EVP) competed . Felix Gutzwiller (FDP) was elected in the first ballot. In the second ballot, bricklayers and servants ran again, Galladé resigned after a dispute between the SP and the green liberals. Verena Diener was clearly chosen.

Elected Councilors of States

Canton 1. Seat of the Council of States 2. Seat of the Council of States
Kanton AargauKanton Aargau Aargau Christine Egerszegi-Obrist , FDP (new) Maximilian Reimann , SVP (previously)
Canton of Appenzell AusserrhodenCanton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden Appenzell Ausserrhoden Hans Altherr , FDP (previously) only 1 seat
Canton of Appenzell InnerrhodenCanton of Appenzell Innerrhoden Appenzell Innerrhoden Ivo Bischofberger , CVP (new) only 1 seat
Canton of Basel-CountryCanton of Basel-Country Basel-Country Claude Janiak , SP (new) only 1 seat
Canton of Basel-StadtCanton of Basel-Stadt Basel city Anita Fetz , SP (previously) only 1 seat
Canton BernCanton Bern Bern Simonetta Sommaruga , SP (previously) Werner Luginbühl , SVP (new)
Canton of FriborgCanton of Friborg Freiburg Urs Schwaller , CVP (previously) Alain Berset , SP (previously)
Canton of GenevaCanton of Geneva Geneva Liliane Maury Pasquier , SP (new) Robert Cramer , Greens (new)
Canton of GlarusCanton of Glarus Glarus Fritz Schiesser , FDP (previously) This Jenny , SVP (so far)
canton of Grisonscanton of Grisons Grisons Christoffel Brändli , SVP (previously) Theo Maissen , CVP (previously)
Canton of JuraCanton of Jura law Claude Hêche , SP (new) Anne Seydoux-Christe , CVP (new)
Canton lucerneCanton lucerne Lucerne Helen Leumann-Würsch , FDP (previously) Konrad Graber , CVP (new)
Canton of NeuchâtelCanton of Neuchâtel Neuchâtel Didier Burkhalter , FDP (new) Gisèle Ory , SP (previously)
Canton of NidwaldenCanton of Nidwalden Nidwalden Paul Niederberger , CVP (new) only 1 seat
Canton of ObwaldenCanton of Obwalden Obwalden Hans Hess , FDP (previously) only 1 seat
Canton of SchaffhausenCanton of Schaffhausen Schaffhausen Peter Briner , FDP (previously) Hannes Germann , SVP (previously)
Canton of SchwyzCanton of Schwyz Schwyz Alex Kuprecht , SVP (previously) Bruno Frick , CVP (previously)
Canton of SolothurnCanton of Solothurn Solothurn Rolf Büttiker , FDP (previously) Ernst Leuenberger , SP (previously)
Canton of St. GallenCanton of St. Gallen St. Gallen Erika Forster , FDP (previously) Eugen David , CVP (previously)
Canton of TicinoCanton of Ticino Ticino Dick Marty , FDP (so far) Filippo Lombardi , CVP (previously)
Canton of ThurgauCanton of Thurgau Thurgau Philipp Stähelin , CVP (previously) Hermann Bürgi , SVP (previously)
Canton of UriCanton of Uri Uri Hansruedi Stadler , CVP (previously) Hansheiri Inderkum , CVP (previously)
Canton of VaudCanton of Vaud Vaud Géraldine Savary , SP (new) Luc Recordon , Greens (new)
Canton of ValaisCanton of Valais Valais Jean-René Fournier , CVP (new) René Imoberdorf , CVP (new)
Canton of ZugCanton of Zug train Peter Bieri , CVP (previously) Rolf Schweiger , FDP (previously)
Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich Felix Gutzwiller , FDP (new) Verena Diener , glp (new)


Parliamentary work

The most important effect of the elections is that on the many decisions of the parliament. The composition of the parliament is of decisive importance for the political development of the country. A certain shift in power is noticeable. According to the smart vote and the self-declaration of the candidates there, the newly elected National Council is more environmentally friendly, but also more nuclear and business friendly than the National Council of the last legislature.

Internal party effects

  • SP: Party President Hans-Jürg Fehr announced his early resignation on October 26th.
  • SVP: Party President Ueli Maurer also announced his resignation on October 26th. According to his own statements, he wanted to set up his own business and concentrate on his possible Council of States mandate. An election to the Council of States in the second ballot in the Canton of Zurich was unsuccessful. He was put up as a candidate for the Federal Council in 2008 and was ultimately elected after three ballots.

Federal Council

On December 12, 2007 the new parliament elected the Federal Council . This led to the deselection of Christoph Blocher and the election of explosives candidate Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf .

More on this: Federal Council elections 2007

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Election statistics for the Canton of Zurich
  2. Resignations NR 2007 ( Memento of the original from March 10, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. NZZ Online: "SVP candidates spent five times more than Greens"
  4. The SVP's sheep poster without direct reference to the "For the deportation of criminal foreigners" initiative
  5. "Heaven and Hell" on YouTube
  6. "Urgent Debate Roschacher - Blocher" ( Memento of the original from April 4, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Speech by Ursula Wyss in the National Council @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. SF Tagesschau : "Potential for State Affair" ( Memento of the original from April 7, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Tagesschau main edition of September 5, 2007. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. "Review of the function of the federal law enforcement authorities" (PDF; 813 kB), report of the National Council's Audit Commission of September 5, 2007.
  9. Tages-Anzeiger : "Indications for a plot found"
  10. documentary "Action secret plan" of Swiss Television
  11. "The GPK informed the public incorrectly," an article in the Tages-Anzeiger about the investigation into the allegations made by the GPK
  12. "The secret plan against Blocher has been exposed" ( Memento of the original from February 10, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , SVP press release of September 11, 2007. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  13. "What role does Meier-Schatz play in the plot affair?" , Article in the Tages-Anzeiger
  14. Die Weltwoche : "We are all dwarfs now"
  15. ^ NZZ : Between SVP heaven and black hell
  16. gfs election barometer ( memento of the original from September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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  19. of October 22, 2007: "Elections 07: The SVP clears away - the SP dives"
  20.  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Silent election of the Nidwalden National Council@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  21. Archived copy ( Memento of the original from May 20, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Silent election of the Nidwalden Council of States @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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  26. ( Memento from October 25, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  27. Tages-Anzeiger Online, November 1, 2007 ( Memento of January 13, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  28. Swiss television: The Council of States is complete ( Memento from January 16, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
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  30., article from September 29, 2007

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