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Week Ahead

Blatter, refugees and genetics

Here are the stories we will be watching in the week of April 11:


One of the most dramatic and acrimonious takeover tussles in Swiss corporate history goes into another round at the annual general meeting of Swiss chemicals company Sika. At stake is the future ownership of the firm.


Solar Impulse, the Swiss-led solar aviation project, is set to resume its round-the-world flight this month. swissinfo.ch takes a closer look at the technology that promises to transform aviation, transport and the environment.


Swiss voters will again be given the opportunity to have their say on the sensitive issue of genetically screening test-tube embryos. Voters approved preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) last summer but some groups are alarmed at the way it has been implemented into the law books. This sparked a counter-referendum that was handed in at the end of last year.


With refugees from war-torn countries still arriving in Europe in large numbers, the Swiss authorities are due to announce emergency plans to deal with the issue should it develop into a problem in Switzerland. swissinfo.ch brings you details of the government’s plan and its possible consequences.


Disgraced former FIFA President Sepp Blatter returns to the limelight during a live debate with anti-corruption experts about “Reforming FIFA”. 


A portrait of Margret Kiener Nellen, an experienced international election observer and Swiss politician. She talks about the difficulties of exporting Swiss direct democracy to other parts of the world.

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