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Debate Does the ‘Swiss law first’ initiative strengthen or weaken democracy?

Voters will soon decide on giving the Swiss constitution priority over international law. We bring you a debate on the issue.

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Fintech Switzerland

A new wave of digital financial technology (fintech) innovations are springing up in Switzerland that could either transform traditional financial companies - or replace them.

in depth Vote November 25, 2018

Three issues are before Swiss voters on November 25: cow horns, social welfare detectives and international law.

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Insect Day The endangered insects that we never see

Can the decline of insects in Switzerland be halted? The first national day of the insect is calling on politicians and public to act.

Death by choice The global fight for assisted suicide

Swiss right-to-die organisations are politically and legally active abroad in a drive to legalise assisted suicide worldwide.

Historical baubles Marie-Antoinette’s jewels soar at ‘once in a lifetime’ sale in Geneva

A royal treasure trove including jewels that belonged to French Queen Marie-Antoinette has fetched CHF53.5 million ($53.2 million). 

Vote November 25 Support for ‘Swiss law first’ initiative remains limited

A rightwing proposal to put Swiss law above international law has failed to win more support. It looks set for rejection by voters on November 25.

Vote November 25 Topsy-turvy campaigning styles enliven controversial vote

The political right has surprised many with unusually plain and sober ad designs ahead of the vote about the "Swiss law first" initiative.

Fact check True or false: ‘Cows need horns to communicate’

The farmer behind the nationwide vote on November 25 to save Swiss cow horns has often claimed that cows need horns to communicate. Is he right? 

Swiss industry᾽s hidden gems Meet a company at the heart of Swiss-made high precision

Swiss industry owes much of its success to the thousands of SMEs that export extreme precision parts, tools and machines around the world.

Vote November 25 Social sleuths to snoop on Swiss Abroad too?

Surveillance of social insurance clients abroad may take place only if provided for by international treaties, according to the Swiss authorities.

First World War Switzerland’s armistice memories, carved in stone

On Sunday, many countries are celebrating the centenary of the end of the First World War. Monuments to the fallen have a special place.

#WeAreSwissAbroad – Claudio Ghizzo ‘Switzerland is the model I always refer to’

Claudio Ghizzo was born in Italy to a Swiss mother. The 32-year-old nurse believes his Swiss origins have influenced his civic spirit.