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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  

Low-key Burkhalter
Swiss leader's commute turns Twitter sensation
Didier Burkhalter's casual approach to travelling around Switzerland caused a stir on Twitter. Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Pool/AFP

Swiss leader's commute turns Twitter sensation

A photo showing Swiss President Didier Burkhalter waiting for a train at Neuchâtel station, alone and without bodyguards, made waves on Twitter on Thursday, receiving 800 retweets around the world. READ  

Baden strips 'nude selfies mayor' of duties
Geri Müller: refuses to step down. Photo: Swiss federal assembly

Baden strips 'nude selfies mayor' of duties

The municipal council of Baden has stripped the mayor of his responsibilities after he refused to resign following revelations he sent nude “selfies” from city hall to a woman chat partner on the internet. READ  

Burkhalter hails Second World War mobilization
Swiss President Didier Burkhalter. Photo: FDFA

Burkhalter hails Second World War mobilization

Swiss President Didier Burkhalter on Monday thanked the country’s citizens who mobilized 75 years earlier to defend the mountain country when the Second World War broke out. READ  

Swiss pay UK and Austria over tax dodging
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss pay UK and Austria over tax dodging

Switzerland said on Monday that it had completed a programme to pay Britain and Austria hundreds of millions of euros in settlements for past tax-dodging by their citizens. READ  

Swiss health insurance premiums 'set to jump'
Federal Health Minister Alain Berset: set to release official figures later this month. Photo: Federal Assembly

Swiss health insurance premiums 'set to jump'

Swiss health insurance premiums are set to rise steeply overall next year, according to figures revealed by a Sunday newspaper. READ  

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