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The week ahead


Over the Gotthard and expelling law-breaking foreigners


Here are the stories we’re following the week of January 25:

Refugee crisis

On Monday, Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga will be in Amsterdam for an informal meeting of Justice and Interior Ministers of Schengen states. Asylum seekers and curbing terrorism are the main issues.

Foreigners under fire

Tuesday and Friday: On February 28, Swiss voters will decide – again – on deporting foreigners found guilty of certain crimes. We bring you a series of in-depth articles on the issue. Tuesday’s report looks at the views of secondos, people born in Switzerland but who do not have Swiss citizenship, while on Friday we present the legal ramifications, with opinion pieces from the for and against camps.

The mythical Gotthard

The Gotthard – the centre of the Alps, symbol of Switzerland’s desire for independence and unity and a reminder of its courage and capacity for innovation. Soon the Gotthard massif will be crossable in minutes through the new railway base tunnel, the longest and deepest in the world. Delve into our multimedia report on our travel through time and myth on Wednesday.

Jobs for the boys

It’s 2016, yet gender bias still affects how people manage work-life balance in Switzerland. Researchers are investigating how the Swiss labour market influences girls’ and boys’ career plans…and vice versa. Find out more about what kids want to be when they grow up in Thursday’s article. 


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