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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  

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  

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