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politics What’s the point of a parliament in a direct democracy?

Under direct democracy, where the people have the last word on almost all issues, what does parliament do?

Revolving doors Swiss ministers move easily between the public and private sectors

Should rules be tightened to prevent conflicts of interest when former Swiss government ministers take up paid roles in the private sector?

Atomic jubilee Beznau - a symbol of progress turned object of discord

Switzerland's first nuclear power plant tuns 50 with its future, and very presence, the cause of contention.

Pascale Baeriswyl Business and human rights can go together, says foreign policy boss

Doing business and promoting human rights can and do go “hand in hand”, says Swiss State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Pascale Baeriswyl.

European Policy How Bern and Brussels could approach an interim deal

With relations between Switzerland and the EU likely to remain stalled, would an interim deal prevent damaging what has already been achieved? 

Art and science How Swiss artists are joining in the climate change debate

Switzerland’s identity, so closely tied to its climate, is changing as the country slowly warms. Artists are now stepping into the mainstream debate.

Blockchain newsletter Blockchain shares – who needs lawmakers?

The Swiss parliament will soon get to grips with merging the current financial system with new blockchain architecture. This is a bit like ...

Winter tradition What Swiss Santas learn in class

Swiss-style Santas, known as "Samichlauses", go to refresher courses every year to stay at the top of their game.

Milus How a 100-year-old watch brand came back to Switzerland

Charting the rise, fall and resurrection of a classic Swiss watch brand.

City ranking Which Swiss cities should expats move to in 2020?

Seven Swiss cities feature in the Expat City Ranking 2019, all coming in the top 20 in the world for quality of life.

Climate crisis COP25: a decisive conference for the future of the planet

The international climate change conference in Madrid (COP25) will look at adopting detailed rules for implementing the Paris Agreement.