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Week ahead

Digital revolution, direct democracy, blue diamond

Here are the stories we will be watching in the week of May 16:


Ahead of next month’s vote on whether to allow embryos created via IVF to be tested for genetic or chromosomal abnormalities prior to their implantation, we take a closer look at the differences between pre-implantation genetic tests and genetic screenings.


Who are the winners and who are the losers in a direct democratic system with regular public votes? We try and provide the answer – but the picture is rarely so black-and-white in Switzerland.


Christie’s in Geneva is to auction the world’s largest blue diamond. Potential buyers need an estimated $40 million (CHF38.8 million) to become the owners of the 14.62-carat stone.


The use of digital technology has led to more than 180,000 jobs being cut in Switzerland over the past 15 years. The increased use of robots is prompting concerns among those in the high skill sector. Will doctors, managers and lawyers have to fear for their jobs in the future?

What you may have missed last week:



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