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The Week Ahead Cross-border workers, kids and cultural heritage

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Here are the stories we'll be following the week of April 9:



As the Geneva cantonal elections on April 15 draw near, cross-border workers are tired of being the target of political attacks by populist parties. The president of a French-Swiss cross-border lobby group is calling for a change in current rhetoric to prevent future damage to the Swiss economy. 




A nationwide survey brings some good news just in time for spring: Swiss kids still prefer playing outside to using their smartphones. They also spend half as much time on gaming and watching television as their counterparts in Britain.




We take you to the other end of the age spectrum and how the Swiss Council for the Elderly is helping older people have a voice in politics. Among its main concerns are the precarious living situation of a third of retired people, constant increases in health insurance costs, and the limbo-like situation of a growing section of society: unemployed people over 50.




It’s still quite rare, but people can change career and start an apprenticeship in their 40s or 50s. What advantages and obstacles do they face? What about for the companies that train them? How do foreigners fare? We bring you the story of two people who have done it.



The deliberate destruction of cultural heritage – religious, architectural and historical gems of value to all humankind – has become a worrying phenomenon of recent conflicts, notably in Iraq, Syria and northern Mali. We take a look at a recent agreement between Geneva and a number of cities around the world, including Mosul and Timbuktu, to form an alliance to protect cultural heritage.   

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