Politics runs pretty much different here in Switzerland than in many other countries. There's much less division among the people than elsewhere. This has several reasons:
- We have the tradition that all major parties send one or two members into the government although this is not even prescribed in the constitution. There are no members of the two ecologist parties so far because they became major quite recently. But we don't have a government Vs. opposition Model; everyone needs to find a majority for each issue.
- We have the instrument of direct democracy that allows it to launch or reject laws against the majority in the parliaments.
- Swiss people are proud of the Swiss democracy.
- Most people don't like anyone who claims to be the best and a great leader. Egomaniacs like D. Trump or S. Berlusconi would hardly get any support.
- There have always been Protestant and Catholic Christians in quite equal numbers. Nowadays, other religions and atheists have a third equal share.
Nevertheless, there have been two anti-islam legal initiatives (interdiction of wearing chador or nikab and building mosques with minarets) in the time of the IS and Islamists terrorism) which were agreed to by the majority of the votes. But we found all four Christian Churches and the Jews on the side to defend Muslim rights! I appreciate this a lot. (I was defending the right to wear chador or nikab, although I don't think it is necessary or adequate here). Interreligious solidarity is possible.