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Map and names[edit]

Hello, I was wondering about two things. On the website of the Parliament, it's written in English RDP.The Liberals (and not anymore FDP.The Liberals) Shall we change the name as well in English, as the "FDP" is probably a direct translation of German into English? Secondly, it's about the map: it says that in Geneva and Vaud, the RDP is the strongest. It's actually wrong. Although the political parties have been merging on a national scale, 6 cantonal parties are still separated officially on a cantonal scale: that's in Geneva, Vaud and Basle, where the Liberal Party of Switzerland was strong enough or even stronger than the RDP. Today, the 17.09.2010, LPS and FDP have still updated separate websites on internet (http://www.liberal-ge.ch/ and http://www.radical.ch/ for Geneva, http://www.liberal-vd.ch/ and http://www.prdv.ch/ for Vaud, http://www.ldp.ch/ and http://www.fdp-bs.ch/ for Basel City) Therefore, even though the political party claims to be the strongest, the Article 34.2 of the National Status state clearly that there are two different political parties and both have different graphical representation such as in Vaud and Basle. Therefore, as a will of these 6 cantonal parties, Vaud has still 2 distincts political parties and therefore, the Social Democratic Party is still the strongest in the cantonal parliament. Ngagnebin (talk) 13:58, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

I don't know where on the Parliament's website you found "RDP.The Liberals". Indeed, I only found "FDP.The Liberals". It is maybe a typo (I see no other reason why it could be written "RDP").
Concerning the map, since 2005, the Liberal Party and the Free Democratic Party decided to merge. While it was done quickly in some regions, it took longer in some region where the Liberal Party was stronger. Indeed, there are still two different parties in Geneva, Vaud and Basel-City. However, they are all member of the federal FDP. In the case of Vaud, both party will merge after the Federal Elections of 2011. While I don't know about the cantonal parties in Geneva and Basel-City, many communal parties are merging or have already merged in those cantons. Finally, in all regions where there were two parties, those will merge in the future. However, I don't know how you want to treat this information until the merger really takes place. According to the way those parties work together in Geneva, Vaud and Basel-City, I doubt it makes sense to separate them here. KEX 99.254.64.182 (talk) 21:24, 19 September 2010 (UTC)
'RDP' doesn't seem to be plausible, although that is a possible mis-rending of the French name of the Free Democratic Party of Switzerland ('Radical Democrats', maybe?). Probably as a typo, it's used in a couple of places. However, it's definitely FDP.The Liberals.
On the second issue, that was already noted on the description of the image. I changed Vaud's shading from red (as I initially made it) to blue for the reason given above. That is, because both parties in those cantons are affiliated to the federal FDP.The Liberals. From the national perspective, which is the intention of the map to convey, there are more members of Vaud's Grand Counsil affiliated to the federal (national) FDP.The Liberals than there are affiliated to the federal PS. In cantons with language divides (such as Fribourg, Bern, and Valais), the major federal parties often have two cantonal affiliates, and this method is consistently adopted. Bastin 23:10, 19 September 2010 (UTC)
Fair enough, then :) It's true that the Swiss Parliament makes typos, I was wondering though as the parliament is the only place where the Swiss-German cantons are translated into official and proper English (Grisons instead of Graubünden, St.Gall instead of St.Gallen and Berne instead of Bern as example) so I wasn't sure about RDP.The Liberals :) For the maps, ok, though... Liberals and Radicals in Geneva, Vaud and Basle-City will compete against each other on the next elections. Which is strange to see parties under one national roof competiting against each other on a cantonal scale. For this reasons, I was wondering. Though on the official cantonal websites, both "parties" are still shown as being different as they are "not" in the same group: [1], [2] and [3] and thus are "not" considered as being one political party. :) Ngagnebin (talk)

Requested move 4 June 2016[edit]

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The result of the move request was: Not moved. (non-admin closure). Anarchyte (work | talk) 11:50, 20 June 2016 (UTC)


FDP.The LiberalsThe Liberals (Switzerland) – The way that they design their logo should not affect how our encyclopaedia chose its titles. Using 'FDP.The Liberals' as title and is uneasy to ready and generally unclear. I suggest that we use its name without the abbreviation and the it just dot and rename the article The Liberals (Switzerland) (mention of the country to avoid confusion with The Liberals (Greece), Liberals (Sweden), etc.). Board Wesger (talk) 19:59, 4 June 2016 (UTC) --Relisting. Omni Flames (talk) 00:18, 12 June 2016 (UTC)

Object - "The Liberals" is too ambiguous, and we shouldn't invent party names and translations. Instead, we should use a name that has precedence in academic material and/or official sources; in fact, the FDP's party statutes deems "FDP.The Liberals" as the party's the official English language name.--Autospark (talk) 23:11, 4 June 2016 (UTC)
Object - It is the official naming. -- ZH8000 (talk) 23:25, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

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