In autumn 2018, six Swiss media partners hosted the first edition of Switzerland Talks in both the German- and the French-speaking parts of the country. 1,400 people met to discuss topics that are dividing the country: Should Switzerland have a closer relationship with the EU? Should homosexual couples be allowed to adopt children?
Six media partners called for participation
in Die Schweiz spricht (Switzerland Talks), among them the Swiss public
broadcaster SRF, the weekly WOZ, Tamedia, Watson, the online newspaper
Republik and DIE ZEIT Switzerland. The idea: To bring together people
with opposing political beliefs who live close to each other.
Over 4,000 people registered for Switzerland
Talks, leading to 700 pairs holding conversations that bridged political
divides. As a result of the overwhelming success, a second edition of
Switzerland Talks is planned for autumn 2019 in the run-up to Swiss