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Cabinet ministers rapped for accepting new limos
Federal cabinet minister Doris Leuthard with new Tesla. Photo: DETEC/Twitter

Cabinet ministers rapped for accepting new limos

Critics are complaining that Swiss federal government ministers are getting early Christmas presents in the form of expensive new limousines as official cars at a time when the government is planning hefty budget cuts.
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Swiss hike scrutiny of international sport orgs
Photo: City of Bern

Swiss hike scrutiny of international sport orgs

Swiss lawmakers on Friday approved a bill to increase the financial scrutiny of around 60 international sports bodies based in Switzerland, including football's world governing body Fifa. READ  

MPs end 'happy hours' tippling in Vaud bars
Photo: Justin Sullivan/AFP

MPs end 'happy hours' tippling in Vaud bars

“Happy Hours” are becoming a thing of the past at bars in the canton of Vaud after MPs from the cantonal government voted on Wednesday to ban “two-for-one specials” and other cut-price deals on alcoholic drinks in bars and nightclubs. READ  

Sommaruga elected as next Swiss president
New Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga gains substantial parliamentary support. Photo: John Thys/AFP

Sommaruga elected as next Swiss president

The national parliament on Wednesday elected Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga, a Socialist party member and former concert pianist, to serve as Switzerland's president next year. READ  

Swiss media relieved over immigration vote
Map shows how people voted for Ecopop. Lighter coloured areas indicate where support was highest but a majority of voters in all cantons rejected the proposal. Graphic: Federal statistics office

Swiss media relieved over immigration vote

The surprising lack of popular support for the Ecopop initiative to tightly limit immigration to Switzerland has many Swiss media commentators heaving a sigh of relief while warning that a rocky road lies ahead in mending relations with the European Union (EU). READ  

Swiss voters massively reject immigration cap
A board reading in German "Today Vote" is seen on November 30, 2014 in the old town of Fribourg ahead of the referendum. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss voters massively reject immigration cap

(UPDATED) Swiss citizens on Sunday flatly rejected a call for dramatic immigration cuts in the name of saving the environment, amid charges the initiative was xenophobic and a threat to Switzerland's economy. READ  

Sunday referendums
Voters' turn: immigration and taxing rich expats
Ecopop poster (detail)

Voters' turn: immigration and taxing rich expats

Swiss citizens will head to the polls this weekend to decide whether to dramatically slash immigration numbers, this time in the name of saving the environment in a proposal opponents have labelled xenophobic. READ  

Opinion
Why the Swiss central bank needs more gold
Photo: AFP/File

Why the Swiss central bank needs more gold

Eric Schreiber, an independent asset manager based near Morges in the canton of Vaud, argues why Swiss voters should say "yes" to a referendum initiative that calls on the Swiss National Bank to hold more gold. READ  

National ban sought for late-night booze shops
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National ban sought for late-night booze shops

Politicians in Bern want to shut down takeaway and convenience shops across the country that sell booze late at night. READ  

Voter support for new immigration curbs slides
Ecopop poster (detail)

Voter support for new immigration curbs slides

Swiss voters are ready to reject a proposal to restrain population growth by severely limiting immigration, according to the results of surveys released on Wednesday. READ  

Central bank chief calls gold proposal 'fatal'
Swiss National Bank President Thomas Jordan. Photo: SNB

Central bank chief calls gold proposal 'fatal'

Switzerland’s central bank has come out swinging against a proposal that would require it to boost the share of gold in its assets to at least 20 percent while prevent it from selling any bullion. READ  

Court backs right for schoolgirl to wear scarf
Muslim woman wearing traditional headscarf. Photo: AFP

Court backs right for schoolgirl to wear scarf

A court in the canton of Saint Gallen has overturned a ban issued by a school on the right of a 13-year-old girl to wear an Islamic headscarf in the classroom. READ  

Swiss museum warned over Nazi art gift
Photo: AFP

Swiss museum warned over Nazi art gift

A top Jewish leader Saturday warned a Swiss museum against accepting a priceless set of art works including Nazi-looted paintings from the estate of reclusive German collector Cornelius Gurlitt. READ  

Ban on cars proposed for welfare recipients
Photo: BFU

Ban on cars proposed for welfare recipients

People receiving welfare in the canton of Zurich face losing the right to drive a car under proposed legislation that appears to have majority backing. READ  

Majority back new immigration curbs: poll
Detail of poster for Ecopop proposal. Photo: ecopop.ch

Majority back new immigration curbs: poll

A majority of Swiss citizens support a proposal to limit annual net immigration to 0.2 percent of Switzerland’s population, a new survey indicates. READ  

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