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Singing climate activists disrupt Swiss parliament

Singing climate activists disrupt Swiss parliament

Goings-on in the Swiss parliament are usually pretty sedate. Not this morning.

How to find the best rate when sending money abroad

How to find the best rate when sending money abroad

The Local spoke to the co-founders of Monito, a money transfer comparison site that helps you find the best exchange rate on international money transfers.

 
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MPs call on Switzerland to accept asylum seekers rescued in Med

MPs call on Switzerland to accept asylum seekers rescued in Med

A cross-party group of Swiss politicians is calling for Switzerland to open its doors to asylum seekers who have been rescued while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

Ten strange Swiss road signs you need to know about

Ten strange Swiss road signs you need to know about

Switzerland is a unique country and has some one-of-a-kind road signs to match. Here we take a look at some of the more unusual examples.

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Your views: 'No Sunday shopping is one of the best things about Zurich'

Your views: 'No Sunday shopping is one of the best things about Zurich'

A recent article about the possibility of more Sunday shopping in Zurich sparked plenty of debate among readers of The Local. Here’s what you had to say.

Explained: Why the Swiss are worried about 'parent taxis'

Explained: Why the Swiss are worried about 'parent taxis'

The recent publication of a new report on how children in Switzerland travel to school has seen the topic of 'parent taxis' reemerge. Here’s what you need to know.

Eight German words that perfectly sum up being in your 20s

Eight German words that perfectly sum up being in your 20s

Whether you have just graduated, just been dumped or just now trying to figure yourself out, sometimes you're just at a loss for words in your twenties. But German is here to help.

Meet the British brewer selling English-style beers to the Swiss

Meet the British brewer selling English-style beers to the Swiss

What do you do if you move abroad and can’t find your favourite beers in your local supermarket? Brew some yourself, of course. And that’s how British entrepreneur Tim Sutton found himself bringing a little taste of England to the Swiss.

Five fantastic things to do in Switzerland this weekend

Five fantastic things to do in Switzerland this weekend

From a yoga festival in Geneva to a chance to ride up a Swiss mountain pass which has been closed to traffic, here are some great ideas for how to make the most of a late summer weekend in Switzerland.

'Visionary' Swiss–American photographer Robert Frank dies aged 94

'Visionary' Swiss–American photographer Robert Frank dies aged 94

Robert Frank, a trailblazing documentary photographer whose raw, piercing aesthetic placed him among the 20th century's greats, has died, according to his gallery. He was 94 years old.

Swiss 'glacier initiative' collects 120,000 signatures

Swiss 'glacier initiative' collects 120,000 signatures

A popular initiative calling for Switzerland to go carbon neutral by 2050 has collected enough signatures for the issue to go before Swiss voters in a referendum.

Around 170,000 people exposed to 'contaminated' drinking water in Switzerland

Around 170,000 people exposed to 'contaminated' drinking water in Switzerland

While Swiss drinking water is generally of high quality, supply to around 2.7 percent of the population does not meet current environmental standards, a new study has found.

Zurich tourism boss calls for shops to be open on Sunday

Zurich tourism boss calls for shops to be open on Sunday

Zurich's tourism director has called for the city’s shops to be allowed to open on Sunday but one union boss says the idea is a "declaration of war".

Germany pledges €100 billion in the fight against climate change

Germany pledges €100 billion in the fight against climate change

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government plans to commit at least €100 billion on climate protection by 2030, according to a draft policy paper being discussed on Thursday.

 

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Neighbouring regions back Switzerland in row with EU over draft bilateral deal
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Neighbouring regions back Switzerland in row with EU over draft bilateral deal

In a rare show of support for Switzerland, regional leaders in Austria, France, Germany and Italy have called on Brussels to give the Swiss government time to drum up support for a draft deal on the future of Swiss–EU bilateral relations.