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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  

EU students shun Swiss university studies
Numbers of EU students at EPFZ are down 10 percent. Photo: Roland Fischer/Wikimedia Commons

EU students shun Swiss university studies

European students are shunning Switzerland in droves, according to an inter-canton organization which places the blame on the February 9th anti-immigration vote and the EU’s subsequent block on Switzerland’s participation in student mobility programme Erasmus. READ  

Bern launches campaign against 'Ecopop' bid
Federal cabinet minister Simonetta Sommaruga: Ecopop initiative 'xenophobic'. Photo: Monica Flückiger

Bern launches campaign against 'Ecopop' bid

The Swiss federal government on Tuesday launched its campaign against a national initiative to limit net annual immigration to 0.2 percent of the population. READ  

Blocher backs tax on firms hiring foreigners
Christoph Blocher: interested in tax levy proposal. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/File

Blocher backs tax on firms hiring foreigners

Swiss People’s Party (SVP) politician Christoph Blocher has embraced a proposal to scrap planned immigration quotas and replace them with a tax on companies in Switzerland that employ foreigners. READ  

ICRC evaluates Ukraine operations after tragedy
A worker cleans up glass at the ICRC office in Donetsk after the explosion that killed an employee. Photo: John MacDougall/AFP

ICRC evaluates Ukraine operations after tragedy

The Red Cross said Thursday it was analyzing how to resume its Ukraine operations a week after halting work in the conflict-torn country following the death of a Swiss staffer. READ  

Switzerland imposes Islamic State ban
Kurds living in Greece protest in central Athens against attacks launched by Islamic State insurgents targeting the Syrian city of Kobane. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Switzerland imposes Islamic State ban

Switzerland is following Germany’s lead in banning extremist terror group Islamic State (Isis) and any activity that supports it. READ  

Bid to cut VAT on restaurant meals fails
The Cheval Blanc restaurant in Basel: voters oppose reduction in sales tax on restaurant meals. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Bid to cut VAT on restaurant meals fails

Swiss voters on Sunday massively opposed a bid to reduce the valued-added tax (VAT) charged on food served in Swiss restaurants. READ  

Public V private? Swiss mull health system shift
Campaign posters promoting a single health insurance public system in Switzerland. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Public V private? Swiss mull health system shift

Swiss voters were deciding Sunday whether to ditch the country's all-private health insurance system and create a state-run scheme, with polls indicating that they will reject the plan. READ  

Geneva MP seeks ban on charging for tap water
Photo: SIG

Geneva MP seeks ban on charging for tap water

A Geneva politician is pushing for a law to ban restaurants from charging for tap water — a practice currently followed by certain establishments. READ  

Swiss hail ‘success in failure’ of Scots no vote
No supporters celebrate in Scotland. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP

Swiss hail ‘success in failure’ of Scots no vote

Commentators in Swiss media have called the Scottish no vote “a success in failure” after 55 percent of Scots voted against independence in Thursday’s historic referendum. READ  

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