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UK blocks Swiss deal with EU on Croatia
EU headquarters in Brussels. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

UK blocks Swiss deal with EU on Croatia

The UK has scuppered, at least temporarily, an agreement in principle between Bern and Brussels over the free movement of people between Switzerland and Croatia, the Swiss broadcaster RTS says. READ () »

Geneva’s green prisons chief 'needed coaching’
Entrance to Geneva's Champ-Dollon prison. Photo: RTS

Geneva’s green prisons chief 'needed coaching’

The woman in charge of Geneva’s prisons from February 2012 until she resigned in December 2013 knew nothing about prisons and required training from two coaches at a cost of around 340,000 francs ($387,000), according to reports on Monday. READ () »

Lausanne residents vote against high-rise ‘Taoua’
Proposed Taoua building. Photo: City of Lausanne/Pont 12 Architectes

Lausanne residents vote against high-rise ‘Taoua’

Lausanne voters have rejected plans for an 85-metre-high hotel, office and apartment tower near the city’s Beaulieu convention and exposition centre. READ () »

Swiss voters set to sink Swedish jet fighter deal
Photo: AFP

Swiss voters set to sink Swedish jet fighter deal

Swiss voters are set to sink a massive defence deal with Swedish firm Saab to buy 22 fighter planes, an opinion poll showed Friday ahead of a referendum next month. READ () »

Bern backs away from duty-free wine proposal
Heads up, cross-border shoppers: new rules for customs duties and taxes kick in on July 1st. Photo: Dani Simmonds

Bern backs away from duty-free wine proposal

The federal government has backed off a proposal that would have allowed cross-border shoppers to bring up to 20 litres of duty-free wine a day into Switzerland, ten times the current rate. READ () »

Reports highlight French PM’s Swiss origins
New French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Kenyo Tribouillard/AFP

Reports highlight French PM’s Swiss origins

France’s new prime minister has family roots in Switzerland — although he remains discreet about them, Swiss media reports. READ () »

Critics charge Gripen jet costs could triple
Photo: Norman Pealing/Gripen International

Critics charge Gripen jet costs could triple

A key Swiss defence deal with Sweden to buy 22 fighter aircraft could cost three times more than the government claims, opponents said on Monday, ahead of a referendum on the plan. READ () »

Kremlin critic granted Swiss residency permit
Mikhail Khodorkovsky pictured addressing an anti-war rally in Kiev in March 2014. Photo: Volodymyr Shuvayev/AFP

Kremlin critic granted Swiss residency permit

Former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, freed after a decade in prison in Russia, has been granted a one-year resident permit in Switzerland, migration authorities said on Sunday. READ () »

Swiss decide against Russian sanctions
Didier Burkhalter: treading a fine line on Russia. Photo: FDFA

Swiss decide against Russian sanctions

The Swiss federal government on Wednesday decided not to impose sanctions against Russia for its seizure of Crimea, claiming it wanted to find a "balance" between international law and Switzerland's interests. READ () »

MP calls for 30 km/h nighttime limit in villages
MP Thomas Böhni. Photo: Parliament.ch

MP calls for 30 km/h nighttime limit in villages

An MP has filed a proposal with the federal government to slap a general speed limit of 30 kilometres an hour in all Swiss residential areas at night. READ () »

Bern suspends free trade talks with Russia
Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann. Photo: Admin.ch

Bern suspends free trade talks with Russia

Switzerland has suspended talks on a trade deal with Russia as a result of the Crimea crisis, Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann said on Wednesday. READ () »

Blocher threatens new immigration initiative
Christoph Blocher. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Blocher threatens new immigration initiative

Leading Swiss People’s Party (SVP) politician Christoph Blocher says he is ready to launch a new initiative to ensure that Switzerland applies immigration quotas. READ () »

Voters back Swiss minimum wage bid: poll
Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP

Voters back Swiss minimum wage bid: poll

A narrow majority of Swiss voters approve an initiative to establish a minimum wage of 4,000 francs ($4,580) a month, according to the results of a new survey released on Sunday. READ () »

Union comes out against minimum wage bid
Women demonstrators in favour of minimum wage. Photo: SGB

Union comes out against minimum wage bid

Most unions in Switzerland are supportive of a proposal to establish a legal minimum wage but at least one has come out forcefully against the proposal. READ () »

Swiss included in EU asylum deal despite vote

Swiss included in EU asylum deal despite vote

The EU wants to include Switzerland in a new agreement on asylum, despite blocking other EU-Switzerland deals since the February 9th vote on quotas for EU citizens in Switzerland. READ () »

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