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Znüni News – Tuesday May 14

Foreigners with C Permits are being given the right to vote on local issues in more and more cities in Switzerland, unfortunately nowhere in central Switzerland yet. Arguing that they are paying as much tax money as locals and that they have lived for at least 5 years in Switzerland, there is a push for C permit holders to be given the right to vote on local issues all through the country. Currently the cantons of Jura and Neuenburg as well as Graubünden, Appenzell and Basel city are the most progressive. It is up to each local community to decide whether they should give this right to foreigners or not. Perhaps someone would like to start an initiative to get Lucerne to follow suit?
On Sunday a football match between FC Luzern and the Zurich Grasshoppers had to be cancelled at the 68th minute due to hooligans from the Zurich team becoming too agressive. They jumped onto the field and demanded that their players, who were losing 4-0, to hand their team t-shirts over. The referee called for the game to be stopped. This has caused a massive outcry in the sport and brought the debate about how to make the game safe and enjoyable again. Some have suggested that just as in ice-hockey any spectator should show their ID before being allowed to enter the stadium. The debate continues.
Luzern and Uri want to introduce a new official two week paternity leave for men living in the area. It is not a given that the law will be passed but at least there seems to be a will. Currently fathers only get two days off work after the birth of their child.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.