Swap shop

Offset, as it’s known in the trade, is a term that has frequently been heard in the Swiss debate on buying 22 Swedish Gripen fighter jets. But, ahead of a nationwide vote, past experience of industrial back-scratching isn’t exactly encouraging.  

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.  

 

Smoking warning

E-cigarettes stubbed out by lung experts

Medical pressure groups have come out against a liberalisation of electronic cigarettes, saying more needs to be known about the benefits and risks of the device. The sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine is banned in Switzerland.  [...]

Ukraine crisis

Turbulent times in Ukraine

Senior officials from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union are meeting in Geneva for “last resort” talks on tensions in the former Soviet state.  [...]

Unique job ad

Swiss town seeks outgoing hermit

The community of Solothurn 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

Employment squeeze

Firms fear vote impact on recruiting

Boon and bane

Ukraine crisis puts Swiss OSCE chair in spotlight

Aid for the abused

Hardship fund created for care system victims

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