Sovereignty for seeds

What farmer wouldn’t want an insect-resistant pepper? Yet opposition is growing to a pepper patent granted to Swiss agrochemical giant Syngenta. A coalition has stepped up the fight against patents and the threat they pose to farmers everywhere. 

Opinion

Greenpeace, the global environmental NGO, typically leads protests. Last month, it became the target.  

Treating the disorder

Paedophiles, abhorred figures in society, are in the spotlight ahead of a vote on May 18 on banning convicted paedophiles from working with children. Not many people are as familiar with their struggles as psychologist Monika Egli-Alge.  

Building a revolution

Among the Gantenbein vineyards near Fläsch in eastern Switzerland stands a striking piece of architecture – what looks from a distance like an enormous basket filled with grapes is a brick facade built entirely by robots. It could be the future of architecture.  

Construction robots

Flight assembled architecture

Red Cross boss

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, is trying to make the organisation more transparent. In an interview with swissinfo.ch, he talks about the challenges of working in the Central African Republic and Syria. 

Between frontlines trailer

ICRC delegates at work

UBS helmsman

In late September 2011, the high command of UBS gathered in Singapore for a series of crucial meetings. A week earlier, the Swiss bank had uncovered a $2.3 billion (CHF2.02 billion) loss caused by a rogue trader in London, and the lender’s leadership was under intense pressure to respond.  

Horizon 2020

Switzerland is no longer part of the “Champions League” of European research. Scientists tell swissinfo.ch their future is uncertain following the European Union’s decision to exclude Swiss institutes from funding within its flagship research programme.  

 

Unique job ad

Swiss town seeks outgoing hermit

The community of Solothurn in western Switzerland has placed a job advertisement for a local hermit to continue a 600-year-old tradition. But this time, they are looking for someone who’s social enough to get along with curious tourists and locals.  [...]

Erasmus+

Study abroad still possible for Swiss students

Swiss students will be able to continue studying abroad despite the European Union excluding Switzerland from the Erasmus+ exchange programme. Swiss voters in February approved controversial immigration curbs stalling bilateral relations with Brussels.  [...]

Employment squeeze

Firms fear vote impact on recruiting

Half of Swiss companies expect the recent vote to restrict the inflow of European Union workers to have a negative impact on their ability to fill jobs, according to a survey. At the same time, 36% of professions are experiencing a talent shortfall.  [...]

Boon and bane

Ukraine crisis puts Swiss OSCE chair in spotlight

Aid for the abused

Hardship fund created for care system victims

Overtime

Hospital doctors bend the rules regularly

OSCE

Burkhalter seeks to defuse Ukrainian crisis

Old enough to vote?

Swiss president backs vote for 16-year-olds

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