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Swiss to vote on guaranteed income for all
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss to vote on guaranteed income for all
January 27, 2016

Pipe dream or practical plan? Swiss voters will soon be voting on a proposal to give every resident — whether they work or not — a guaranteed payment of 2,500 francs a month.

Geneva authorities back art museum expansion
The Museum of Art and History is regarded as one of Switzerland's three most important museums. Photo: City of Geneva

Geneva authorities back art museum expansion
January 25, 2016

Ahead of a public vote on the project, Geneva authorities are backing a contentious plan to renovate and expand one of Switzerland's most important museums.

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Refugee role play stuns world leaders at WEF
Photo: David McIntyre/Crossroads Foundation Ltd/Flickr.

Refugee role play stuns world leaders at WEF
January 22, 2016

Some participants left in tears, but the organizers reminded them that "what refugees deal with in reality is much worse".

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Refugee limits 'moral necessity': German prez
German President Joachim Gauck. Photo: Tobias Shwarz/Pool/AFP

Refugee limits 'moral necessity': German prez
January 20, 2016

Limiting Europe's refugee influx is "morally and politically necessary", Germany's president told the World Economic Forum on Wednesday, warning that failing to do so meant ceding ground to populists and extremists.

Bern rejects ban on 'speculative' food trading
Schneider-Ammann (centre) at Tuesday's press conference in Bern. Photo: FDEA

Bern rejects ban on 'speculative' food trading
January 13, 2016

The federal government on Tuesday launched its campaign against an initiative aimed at banning speculation in the trading of basic food commodities in Switzerland.

Proposal 'would expel 18,000 foreigners a year'
Image from Swiss People's Party campaign to expel foreign criminals. Photo: SVP

Proposal 'would expel 18,000 foreigners a year'
January 12, 2016

An initiative spearheaded by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) would result in up to 18,000 foreigners being expelled from Switzerland every year, opponents of the proposal say.

Swiss populist firebrand Blocher to step down
Blocher is seen as the architect of the party's soaring popularity. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss populist firebrand Blocher to step down
January 10, 2016

The strongman of Switzerland's populist right, Christoph Blocher, will stand down in April, media reported on Sunday, paving the way for a complete shake-up at the top of the country's biggest party.

Geneva authorities reduce terror alert level
Photo: AFP

Geneva authorities reduce terror alert level
December 28, 2015

Geneva is returning to normal after authorities lowered the terror alert level raised earlier this month following intelligence about a specific threat in the canton.

Qatari royal treated for broken leg in Zurich
A Qatar Airways airbus. Photo: www.planespotters.net

Qatari royal treated for broken leg in Zurich
December 28, 2015

The former emir of Qatar was flown to Zurich with his entourage in a convoy of planes at the weekend for treatment for a broken leg.

Swiss army chief warns of terrorism and unrest
Photo:www.he.admin.ch

Swiss army chief warns of terrorism and unrest
December 28, 2015

The head of the Swiss Armed Forces, André Blattmann, has warned against cutbacks in the military amid a heightened threat of terrorism around the world.

Edelweiss shirt becomes Swiss political football
Animals — rather than personalities — are shown wearing the edelweiss shirt in the Swiss Farmers Union's latest publicity campaign. Photo: SBV

Edelweiss shirt becomes Swiss political football
December 18, 2015

A blue shirt with embroidered edelweiss flowers used to promote farmers in Switzerland has become the focus of an ardent national debate since a school teacher in the canton of Zurich banned students from wearing one, calling it a “racist symbol”.

Geneva buys labour peace - without a budget
Workers in Geneva's public sector have walked off the job for seven days since November. Photo: RTS

Geneva buys labour peace - without a budget
December 18, 2015

The canton of Geneva has bought a period of peace for several months with government workers who have gone on strike for seven days over planned budget cuts since the beginning of November.

UKIP's Farage invited to visit Bern by Swiss MP
Nigel Farage at UKIP meeting earlier this year. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP

UKIP's Farage invited to visit Bern by Swiss MP
December 16, 2015

The leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, is visiting Bern on Friday as the guest of an elected member of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP), broadcaster RTS reported online on Wednesday.

Swiss People's Party wins second cabinet seat
Guy Parmelin, of the Swiss People's Party. Photo: SVP

Swiss People's Party wins second cabinet seat
December 09, 2015

Guy Parmelin, a member of the Swiss People's Party (SVP) from the French-speaking canton of Vaud, was elected to the Swiss federal government while six incumbent ministers were re-elected on Wednesday.

SVP manoeuvres for second government seat
Federal government members at work. Photo: Admin.ch

SVP manoeuvres for second government seat
December 08, 2015

After weeks of manoeuvring and intrigue among the political parties, a joint assembly of the upper and lower houses of Swiss parliament will on Wednesday elect a new federal government.

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