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Parliamentary elections 2019 The Green wave, women lawmakers, and new majority-makers

Senior political analyst Claude Longchamp looks beyond the October 20 parliamentary elections and analyses the most probable party constellations.

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Pink tax in Switzerland Skirts and tampons taxed more than menswear and Viagra

These are just two Swiss examples of the pink tax. Read on for more on why women are paying more and what’s being done about it.

Parliamentary elections Green gains could tip parliament slightly left

The Swiss parliament is set for a slight shift to the left at the expense of the political right, according to a final pre-election poll.

Council of Europe Human trafficking: Swiss urged to improve victim protection

Switzerland has been told by the Council of Europe that it needs to step up efforts to tackle human trafficking and protect unaccompanied children.

This content was published on October 9, 2019 2:23 PM

Political funding Swiss firms give over CHF5 million a year to parties and candidates

Switzerland’s biggest firms donate at least CHF5 million ($5 million) a year to political parties and candidates, a survey reveals. 

This content was published on October 8, 2019 10:56 AM

Transport link New ‘Flugzug’ service offered between Zurich and Lugano

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Swiss Federal Railways are offering a new rail service between Lugano Station and Zurich Airport.

This content was published on October 7, 2019 10:40 AM

Parliamentary elections ‘Switzerland is not a country of big ideas’

Why election campaigns in Switzerland are comparatively dull and what it has to do with direct democracy.

Bribery and misconduct Four indicted in federal IT corruption case

The Attorney General of Switzerland is bringing charges against four people in the bribery affair involving IT contracts with the State ...

This content was published on October 1, 2019 11:40 AM

Presumed consent Three-quarters of Swiss back new organ donation system

Three out of four Swiss (76%) are in favour of a new organ donation system that would move from explicit to presumed consent.

This content was published on September 30, 2019 3:13 PM

Swiss elections 2019 Swiss political parties in election fever

The parties’ election campaign for the October 20 parliamentary elections has kicked off. In very different style.

Babel in Bern The art of interpreting in Switzerland’s polyglot parliament

Ensuring Swiss politicians can understand each other is challenging, stressful but rewarding, says one of parliament’s official interpreters.