CHF 10 million tax loss, or 350 million? National Council and Council of States argued in the last Session, whether, in addition to the tax advantage for families that send their children to the crèches, the General tax deduction for children should be increased. The large chamber was made of the family political reasons and voted for the 350-million-franc variant. The small chamber had to contend against, because they feared too great a loss of tax revenue for the Federal government and the cantons.

Even after three times Back and Forth business was not in agreement. So that the settlement conference had to decide. There is the Righter of the national Council prevailed.

record of consensus conferences

This is far from the only such case. In the Federal government in Bern a spat-Parliament prevailed in the last four years. This is also reflected in the number of agreement conferences. The previous record of the legislature from 2007 to 2011 was equalised. A total of 29-had to go in a small circle, each with 13 representatives from the National and a final compromise in the Council of States to be found, because couldn’t some of the councils.

the main reason for many quarrels are the strengths of the different Party in the two chambers. Mid-dominates the right of the national Council. SVP and FDP come together on a total of 101 votes in the 200-member national Council.

Quite different in Stöckli. Here the middle has to Say-on the left of the. CVP, SP, Green and BDP occupy 28 of the 46 seats and is the dominant Block. A business comes into existence only thanks to SVP-FDP-majority in the national Assembly, it ruffled in the Council of States. And Vice-versa. Violent confrontations there is often in socio-political issues, but also in tax policy. And in the case of the Finance of the Council of States has shown a tendency to spend more than the national Council.

– Iron group discipline

the group allegiance has greatly increased. Parteiräson is today fighting is more important than open wings. According to an analysis by the research Institute of Sotomo in the “NZZ” is the dispersion of the politicians of a party on the left-Right axis in the last few years, much smaller. Thus, each of the parties to increasing political blocks – and this clash will be all the more fierce.

to explain not only the different blocks in the Parliament chambers, and the closed-occurring parties, the many fights until the very end. It is also a cultural change, as the longtime and now outgoing CVP-Council of States Konrad Graber (61, LU) says: “in the past, the unification conference was really the Ultima Ratio. Today is relaxed with it.”

In the agreement of conference wins in the rule of the Council of States, says Graber. Therefore, it is surprising that the national Council were, in spite of the foreseeable low-the way to the bitter end. “It threatens to sink a submission in the final vote.” Actually: Four times the compromises of the agreement, the conference failed even at the very end.

Aeschi: “no longer Chambre de réflexion”

SVP-group chief Thomas Aeschi (40) locates the origin of the hardened fronts in the small chamber. “The Council of States always chooses the Powerplay”, complained the Zug. “The Council of States is no longer the “Chambre de réflexion”, but has moved slowly to the left, and is now controlled by the SP-Duo, Christian Levrat, and Paul Rechsteiner.”

He fears the projected left-slip. “Tilts, the national Council and to the left, people like Cédric Wermuth, or regulators specify Rytz the sound – that would be a nightmare scenario”, so Aeschi. In this case, the SVP will focus even more on the opposition role, and with referendums against the tax have to give.

It must prepare the SVP actually. After the elections, the two chambers are likely to walk more in step. According to the forecasts of the centre-left majority in the Council of States consisted of. And while the Greens and green liberals are expected to expand in the national Assembly, to predict the polls, losses for the FDP, and SVP. Thus, the mid parties to be strengthened in their hinge function – agreement conferences would be needed less often. The spat could mutate to a blow to the cuddly Parliament.

the National Council and Council of States elections to 2019

On the 20. In October the Federal Parliament elections in Switzerland. The total of 200 seats in the national Council are distributed according to the number of population in the cantons, and need to be re-elected. Also the 46 seats of the Council of States to be re-awarded.

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the elections in 2019

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