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. 


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, 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 their future is uncertain following the European Union’s decision to exclude Swiss institutes from funding within its flagship research programme.  


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

The success of the mission by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is measured by whether it is able to help de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, according to the Swiss ambassador to the OSCE, Thomas Greminger.  [...]

Aid for the abused

Hardship fund created for care system victims

Victims of a harsh Swiss welfare system that operated until the 1980s will soon be able to apply to a hardship fund. Children were taken away from their families to work on farms and some women and girls in care were subjected to forced sterilisation.  [...]


Hospital doctors bend the rules regularly

Sierre tragedy

Parents seek to reopen Swiss bus crash enquiry


Burkhalter seeks to defuse Ukrainian crisis

Old enough to vote?

Swiss president backs vote for 16-year-olds

Disputed deity

Bolivia calls for return of statuette

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