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DIPLOMACY Wettstein – the first Swiss diplomat had the city of Basel in mind

He was the man of the hour in 1648: Basel mayor Johann Rudolf Wettstein faced a herculean task at the peace conference in Münster.

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in depth Vote September 23, 2018

What is at stake in the nationwide votes about food production and bicycle promotion in Switzerland?

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Tax project 17 Linking corporate taxation and pensions: a risky compromise

This is an unprecedented political manoeuvre that may not go down well with ordinary citizens. 

Criminal law Why men can’t be rape victims in Switzerland

Parliament launched discussions about a legal reform of criminal law in the definition of rape.

A Swiss first Pupils must remain in education until 18 in Geneva

Young people in Geneva will have to stay in education until they are 18, so it's back to school or into an apprenticeship for some.

A sketchy existence Swiss animation scene needs polish

The success of "My Life as a Courgette" has boosted animation in Switzerland, but experts say more professionalism is needed.

#WeAreSwissAbroad – Florian Lüthi ‘Everything is a little bit more relaxed’

Florian Lüthi only became an expatriate this year after moving to the Netherlands where he hopes to gain new experience in his job as a nurse.

Boost for expat Swiss group Opponents of e-voting suffer setback in parliament

Parliament has thrown out attempts to stall the permanent introduction of e-voting – a decision welcomed by the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad.

Learning on the job The Swiss apprentice: biggest event of its kind shows off "Swiss Skills"

Visitors to the Swiss capital, Bern, have been finding out for themselves what it’s like to work as an apprentice.

International Day of Democracy Even the world’s best democracy isn’t perfect

Switzerland’s system of direct democracy is admired by many, but it doesn't always get things right.

10 years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers The financial crisis of 2008 and the Swiss ‘miracle’

Switzerland did not escape the financial crisis that began ten years ago but fared better than others.