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Liberalism and radicalism in Switzerland

This article gives an overview of liberalism and radicalism in Switzerland. It is limited to liberal and radical parties with substantial support, mainly proved by having had a representation in parliament. The sign ⇒ means a reference to another party in that scheme. For inclusion in this scheme it isn't necessary that parties labeled themselves as a liberal party.

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IntroductionEdit

In the nineteenth century the radicalism of Freisinn became the dominant political force in Switzerland, which remained for a long time in the twentieth century. Both the major Free Democratic Party of Switzerland (Freisinnig-Demokratische Partei der Schweiz/Parti Radical-Démocratique Suisse, member LI, ELDR) and the minor Liberal Party of Switzerland (Liberale Partei der Schweiz/Parti Libéral Suisse, member LI) were right-of-center liberal parties that merged into FDP.The Liberals (FDP.Die Liberalen/PLR.Les Libéraux-Radicaux, observer LI, member ALDE) in 2009.

The timelineEdit

RegenerationEdit

From Liberal Democrats to Liberal Party of SwitzerlandEdit

Free Democratic Party of SwitzerlandEdit

  • 1894: The Radicals (Freisinn in German) became a dominant factor in Swiss politics and established as a party the Free Democratic Party of Switzerland (Freisinnig-Demokratische Partei der Schweiz/Parti Radical-Démocratique Suisse)
  • 1896: A faction formed the ⇒ Extreme Left
  • 1918: A conservative faction of the party seceded as the Farmers', Traders' and Citizens' Party
  • 1941: The Zürich branch joined the ⇒ Democratic Party of Switzerland
  • 1971: The Zürich branch of the ⇒ Democratic Party of Switzerland rejoined the party

From Extreme Left to Democratic Party of SwitzerlandEdit

  • 1896: The left wing of the ⇒ Free Democratic Party of Switzerland established the Extreme Left (Äußerste Linke)
  • 1905: The Extreme Left organised itself as the social liberal Democratic Party of Switzerland (Demokratische Partei der Schweiz)
  • 1941: A Zürich faction of the ⇒ Free Democratic Party of Switzerland joined the party
  • 1971: The Zürich branch of the party returned to the ⇒ Free Democratic Party of Switzerland, while the Glarus and Grisons branches merged into the Swiss People's Party

Ring of IndependentsEdit

Liberal leadersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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