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Geneva lawyer named US ambassador to Finland
Charles C. Adams Jr. Photo: Paul Ronga

Geneva lawyer named US ambassador to Finland

President Barack Obama has named Charles C. Adams Jr., a prominent American lawyer and Democratic Party supporter living in Geneva, as US ambassador to Finland. READ  

Swiss get the edge on EU with China trade deal
Photo: AFP

Swiss get the edge on EU with China trade deal

Switzerland has one-upped its European Union neighbours with a free trade deal with China that its politicians and business sector say is crucial to boosting ties with the world's second-largest economy. READ  

Swiss-Chinese free trade agreement takes effect
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

Swiss-Chinese free trade agreement takes effect

A watershed free-trade deal between China and Switzerland came into force on Tuesday, the first such accord between the Asian giant and a mainland European economy. READ  

Government tackles shortage of caravan sites
Caravan dwellers say there are not enough places to stay available to them. Photo: www.ag.ch

Government tackles shortage of caravan sites

The federal government is setting up a working group to look into the lack of appropriate sites in Switzerland for caravan dwellers. READ  

Swiss government plugs Horizon funding gap
Photo illustration used for the EU's Horizon 2020 programme. Image: European Commission

Swiss government plugs Horizon funding gap

The federal government has approved interim measures to fund Swiss researchers participating in the EU’s Horizon 2020 who have been denied funding from Brussels. READ  

Defence minister's son caught with cannabis
Ueli Maurer: another embarrassing revelation for the right-wing politician. Photo: Federal Chancellery

Defence minister's son caught with cannabis

The youngest son of Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer faces charges of possessing pot and attempting to evade a police check, according to media reports on Tuesday. READ  

'Burned out' Neuchâtel cabinet minister quits
Yvan Perrin: quitting "with immediate effect". Photo: Swiss parliament

'Burned out' Neuchâtel cabinet minister quits

Neuchâtel cabinet minister Yvan Perrin, former national vice-chairman of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (UDC) and longtime MP, has resigned after being hospitalized several times following reported “burnout” problems. READ  

Ex-Swiss president slams 'disrespectful' Sarkozy
Ogi (left) nonplussed by Sarkozy's comments. Photos: AFP/World Economic Forum

Ex-Swiss president slams 'disrespectful' Sarkozy

Former Swiss president Adolf Ogi has accused former French president Nicolas Sarkozy of lack of respect for Switzerland over remarks Sarkozy made in the margins of the Swiss Economic Forum held in Interlaken last Friday, according to media reports. READ  

Proposed shopping hours law faces hurdles
Photo: Gaetan Bally/Photopress

Proposed shopping hours law faces hurdles

A proposed federal law to set uniform national opening hours for shops is running into opposition from cantons, municipalities and unions representing store workers. READ  

Italy seeking damages from Swiss drug giants
A selection of €50 notes. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Italy seeking damages from Swiss drug giants

Italy's health ministry is seeking €1.2 billion euros ($1.6 million) in compensation from Swiss pharma giants Novartis and Roche for the manipulation of sales of a cheap drug used to treat eye problems according to Italian media reports READ  

US firm pitches ‘budget’ jets for Swiss air force
Photo: Textron Airland

US firm pitches ‘budget’ jets for Swiss air force

American company Textron Airland is bidding to sell its “budget” Scorpion jets to the Swiss government at one-seventh the cost of Swedish Gripen fighter planes turned down by voters in Switzerland this month. READ  

Swiss react to Euro vote: 'waiting for fog to lift'
Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front: anti-Europe parties "are divided". Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

Swiss react to Euro vote: 'waiting for fog to lift'

Despite dramatic gains by Euro-sceptic parties, pro-Europeans remain in the majority after the elections to the European Parliament on Sunday, while uncertainties linger about the real outcome of the vote, Swiss media noted on Monday. READ  

Viewpoint
Gauging the outcome of the minimum wage vote
Unia national secretary Andreas Rieger. Photo: Unia

Gauging the outcome of the minimum wage vote

On May 18th, Swiss voters clearly rejected the popular initiative for the introduction of a statutory national minimum wage of 4,000 francs per month ($4,465) or 22 francs ($24.50) per hour. The initiative was launched by the Swiss Trade Union Confederation (SGB-USS), which collected enough signatures to force the Swiss government and parliament to hold a binding popular ballot on its proposal. READ  

'Tourists mistake Swiss parliament for church'
Photo: City of Bern

'Tourists mistake Swiss parliament for church'

Lawmakers in Bern are worried that too many tourists in the Swiss capital mistake the federal parliament building for a church. READ  

Voters reject Weber’s Lavaux protection plan
Photo: Caroline Bishop/The Local

Voters reject Weber’s Lavaux protection plan

Voters in the canton of Vaud on Sunday said no to a bid by environmental crusader Franz Weber to further protect the historic Lavaux vineyard region, east of Lausanne. READ  

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