Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad (YPSA)

The purpose of the Youth Parliament for the Swiss Abroad (YPSA) is to create a community for all Young Swiss People, aged 15 to 35, living abroad or who lived abroad for 10 years. This association wants to give everyone the possibility to exchange information, share experiences and opinions. Completely managed by young people, but in very close contact with ASO (Organisation of the Swiss Abroad), this platform wants to raise awareness on the needs of Young Swiss leaving abroad, promote activities and organise reunions.

 

In a series of interviews, swissinfo.ch gave the floor to the 13 elected members of the Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad (YPSA):

 

 

Davide Wüthrich

Davide Wüthrich

Italy/Switzerland

 

Forcing a nationwide ballot is too easy: while appreciating Swiss direct democracy, Davide Wüthrich warns against a trivialisation of people’s rights.

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Davide Wüthrich

Laura Derrer

Chile

 

Laura Derrer says she is intrigued by a proposal to let citizens vote on constitutional amendments as part of a reform of direct democracy in Chile.

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Marie Lingl

Marie Lingl

France

 

Direct democracy can be a way for young people to make their voices heard. High-school student Marie Lingl for one is convinced of this.

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Wanja Kaufmann

Wanja Kaufmann

Sweden

 

Governments should make an effort to reach out to the young generation which uses the internet and social media to play an active role in democracy, says the 19 years old student.

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Francisca Espinoza

Francisca Espinoza

Chile

 

For young Swiss living abroad, direct democracy offers citizens greater opportunities to integrate their ideas within a political agenda, says the 17 years old student.

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Lis Zandberg

Lis Zandberg

Netherlands

 

Lis Zandberg is concerned that Switzerland’s political system is undermined if citizens stay away from the polls and show no interest in votes and elections.

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Timothy Forman

Timothy Forman

Czech Republic

 

Timothy Forman says it is hard to motivate young people in the Czech Republic to participate in politics. Many of them want to be able to use online voting.

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Samuel Cremieux

Samuel Cremieux

USA

 

For Samuel Cremieux individual freedom has to be restricted to protect Europe from terrorism. He says sacrifices are necessary for the good of the people.

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Najib Bourkhis

Najib Bourkhis

Tunisia

 

Democracy will prevail over the threat of terrorism, says Najib Bourkhis, a young Swiss who has lived in Tunisia.

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Michael Valente

Michael Valente

Canada

 

Canada should introduce a voting system similar to the Swiss method, says Michael Valente from Toronto.

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Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper

Australia

 

Ryan Cooper says he wants to encourage Swiss clubs in Australia to be more open towards the younger generation.

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Other elected members of the Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad are:

 

 

Edoardo Trebbi

Italy

 

 

Guido D'Auria

Italy/Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact and information about the new Youth Parliament for the Swiss Abroad:

 

 

 

The foundation of the Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad was supported by the Youth division of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad. However, the Youth Parliament is an independent community and is independent of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad.