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The week ahead Healthcare costs, watch repairs and a new kind of peacebuilding

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Here are some of the stories we will feature in the week beginning June 19.



If your Swiss watch breaks, it is becoming less likely that you’ll be able to get it fixed in the shop where you bought it. We look at the reasons why.

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We visit an integration workshop in Bern where asylum seekers learn German and get advice about the job market.



Does the Swiss healthcare system – often ranked among the best in the world – really work for everyone? We take an in-depth look at the winners and losers of this system, where high premiums are leaving more and more people in debt.



We catch up with Swiss artist Lea Suter in the middle of her yearlong odyssey around the world where she is visiting areas affected by violence and gathering stories from local artists. ​Her initiative is a new type of grassroots conflict resolution based on cultural exchange rather than high-level diplomacy.



We profile an imam who has long provided spiritual advice to Muslims in Swiss prisons. Lately, more of his work has involved combating radicalisation.

In case you missed it: 

Swiss mobile charges Switzerland an island for roaming costs

Travelling Europeans planning to use their mobile phones in Switzerland might want to reconsider starting on Thursday.

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