Parliament says no to second class tickets for themselves
Parliament has rejected a move that would have pushed all MPs onto second class carriages on the trains.
A Green party MP put a motion forward that parliamentarians should only be given a second class General Abonnement – not the first class ticket they all get automatically at the moment.
It was defeated by 141 votes to 31. Those opposing say travelling first class makes it easier for MPs to work on the train.
Another motion was also rejected to sing the national anthem before each session of parliament. Currently the anthem is sung at the start of the annual opening of parliament. But a motion by the Swiss People’s Party says the anthem at the beginning of each session would boost patriotism.