The 2015 Swiss federal elections: the radical right strikes back

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Series Details Vol.39, No.4, July 2016, p879-889
Publication Date July 2016
ISSN 0140-2382
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The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) emerged as the unambiguous winner of the 2015 Swiss federal elections. In a campaign that was dominated by the asylum theme, the party from the radical right decisively increased its representation in the Lower House (National Council).

With 29.4 per cent of the vote, the party recorded its highest ever share, confirming its status as the largest radical right party in Western Europe. Subsequent to the elections, the SVP managed to obtain a second seat in government (Federal Council). Guy Parmelin was appointed by MPs to the seven-member cabinet as a replacement for Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf from the small Conservative Democrats (BDP).

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