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The Week Ahead

Sports, streetlights, and small farms

Join our journalists Susan Miscika and Jeannie Wurz for a closer look at the stories we're following in the week of August 15. This video was originally broadcast live on Facebook. You can find more details of individual stories below.


Switzerland’s system of direct democracy is recognised for its involvement of citizens in decision-making – whether it’s a big issue like asylum policy, or a seemingly minor one like installing streetlights in a 250-person town. The ability of citizens to have their say has left the Romansh-speaking commune of Surrein in the dark since 1977 – but that’s all about to change with the people’s latest vote.


Amid the dazzle of major sporting events like the Olympics, it’s easy to forget about the years of planning, steep costs and logistical feats involved in accommodating thousands of athletes and spectators. Using the experience of the Swiss capital Bern, which recently hosted the European Gymnastics Championships, we take a look at why cities jump at the chance to host sporting events – while risking ending up in the red.


Switzerland is one of the countries trying to help turn Kosovo’s job market around, after the 1999 war left high unemployment and widespread poverty in its wake. A swissinfo.ch videojournalist’s reportage sheds light on the current economic and employment situation in Kosovo, and gives a view to its uncertain future.


With the increasing popularity of online fundraising, a new market sector is blossoming: Swiss crowdfunding projects are supporting small, rural farmers abroad by purchasing their exotic spices and nuts straight from the source. It’s a win-win for Swiss consumers and small farming operations, but what are the implications for quality assurance?

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