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The week ahead Trust issues, 'black magic' and low voter turnout

Here are some of the stories we'll be following the week of August 6:



Bucking international trends, the Swiss report relatively high levels of trust in public institutions. Yet there are signs this trust is on the wane following recent corporate scandals that have hit close to home, experts tell 

(Lorena Ros)


Much human trafficking and enslavement happens through coercion or deceit, but some Nigerian women brought to Europe end up in a life of prostitution through a mysterious "black magic" ritual that has caught the attention of social workers in Switzerland.

(Courtesy Edi Sutrisno)


Is certification the best way to ensure food corporations are sourcing sustainable palm oil? The fall-out between Nestlé and a major certification coalition reveals cracks in the system and the need for big brands to take responsibility for their supply chains.



Should the Swiss be worried about an average voter turnout below 50% in a land where citizens get to decide several times a year on the mundane and the momentous? Perhaps it is not as big a problem as it sounds.

(Pierre Mathey)


Mountain climbing is a major, if risky, attraction for many visitors to the Swiss Alps, and recent accidents have put a spotlight on the work of professional guides. We meet one such guide whose job, in his words, is to put his own life in danger. 

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