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Burkhalter hails Second World War mobilization
Swiss President Didier Burkhalter. Photo: FDFA

Burkhalter hails Second World War mobilization

Swiss President Didier Burkhalter on Monday thanked the country’s citizens who mobilized 75 years earlier to defend the mountain country when the Second World War broke out. READ  

Swiss pay UK and Austria over tax dodging
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss pay UK and Austria over tax dodging

Switzerland said on Monday that it had completed a programme to pay Britain and Austria hundreds of millions of euros in settlements for past tax-dodging by their citizens. READ  

Swiss health insurance premiums 'set to jump'
Federal Health Minister Alain Berset: set to release official figures later this month. Photo: Federal Assembly

Swiss health insurance premiums 'set to jump'

Swiss health insurance premiums are set to rise steeply overall next year, according to figures revealed by a Sunday newspaper. READ  

Jura to vote on extending expat political rights
Photo: FutUndBeidel

Jura to vote on extending expat political rights

Foreigners may be allowed to become local councillors in the canton of Jura if the population votes in favour of an extension of political rights for expat residents in a referendum on September 28th. READ  

Woman accuses nude selfies politician of lying
Baden city hall (building with spire, left). Photo: Roland Zumbühl

Woman accuses nude selfies politician of lying

The case of Geri Müller, the federal MP from Aargau and town mayor of Baden who sent nude selfies to a woman from his office, has taken another turn after she accused him of lying. READ  

Politician in nude selfies scandal speaks out
Geri Müller: wants to stay in office. Photo: Swiss federal assembly

Politician in nude selfies scandal speaks out

A politician from the canton of Aargau embroiled in a scandal over sending nude selfies to a woman from his office apologized for his behaviour on Tuesday but maintained that he wanted to continue in office. READ  

Politician steps aside over nude selfies scandal
Geri Müller: "Private affair". Photo: Swiss federal assembly

Politician steps aside over nude selfies scandal

Federal MP for the canton of Aargau Geri Müller has stepped aside from his job as mayor of Baden as a scandal brews over his alleged sending of nude “selfies” of himself from city hall to a woman friend. READ  

Austrian province wants Swiss nuclear power halt
Mühleberg nuclear plant. Photo: BKW FMB Energie AG

Austrian province wants Swiss nuclear power halt

The head of the regional Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) in Voralberg, Roland Frühstück, wants to exert pressure on the Swiss government to speed up decommissioning of its aging nuclear power reactors due to concerns over safety. READ  

Switzerland to tighten measures against Russia
Schneider-Ammann's economy ministry is charged with tightening measures against Russia. Photo: admin.ch

Switzerland to tighten measures against Russia

The government will extend the ban on exporting war materials to Russia but is continuing to resist imposing sanctions over Moscow’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis. READ  

Swiss minister calls for new asylum rules
Photo: Monika Flückiger.

Swiss minister calls for new asylum rules

A growing flood of migrants arriving in southern Europe is raising questions about the continent's system for dealing with asylum seekers, Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said on Thursday. READ  

Switzerland's Ukraine crisis blacklist grows
Swiss President and OSCE chair Didier Burkhalter met Russian President Putin in Moscow in May. Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Pool/AFP

Switzerland's Ukraine crisis blacklist grows

Switzerland said on Tuesday it had added 26 more Russian officials and pro-Moscow separatists as well as 18 entities to a blacklist of those considered the main movers in the Ukraine crisis. READ  

Death threats for young socialist's flag swap plan
Molina suggested party members fly a flag white for peace instead. Photo: Balachandar Radhakrishnan

Death threats for young socialist's flag swap plan

A young politician who called for people to renounce nationalism and militarism by not displaying the country’s distinctive flag on Swiss National Day, August 1st, has received death threats. READ  

Geneva Conventions talks tabled for Palestine
Burkhalter and Abbas meet on a state visit in 2013. Photo: AFP Photo/Abbas Momani

Geneva Conventions talks tabled for Palestine

The Swiss foreign ministry said on Wednesday it is in talks about holding an international conference sought by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas focusing on protecting civilians in Gaza. READ  

Swiss-EU relations on discussion table in Rome
Burkhalter and Renzi are meeting in Rome. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Swiss-EU relations on discussion table in Rome

Switzerland’s relationship with the EU is on the agenda today as Swiss President Didier Burkhalter meets Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on an official visit to Rome. READ  

EU rejects Swiss bid to rejig free movement deal
EU headquarters in Brussels. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

EU rejects Swiss bid to rejig free movement deal

The European Union on Thursday formally rejected Switzerland's request to renegotiate their freedom of movement accord so as to take into account a Swiss vote earlier this year to limit immigration, EU sources said. READ  

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