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'newland' Reframing the Swiss immigration debate

Discussions about immigration are often plagued by the prejudices and presumptions of both sides. A new book attempts to go beyond ‘pro’ vs ‘anti’.

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in depth Vote September 24, 2017

A look at the issues are on the ballot sheet for the September 24 nationwide votes.

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Witness accounts - bank accounts Swiss expats feel ‘messed around’ by banks


For Swiss living abroad, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep an account at home.

Talking business Swiss expats in fighting spirit over banking service

Swiss expatriates are turning up the heat on Swiss institutions to grant discrimination-free access to financial services.

Centenarian Swiss Abroad ‘Look, I’m still here’


Agnès Parodi has lived in many places, but hardly ever in Switzerland. At the age of 104, the Cannes resident says life is anything but boring.

Under investigation Priest urges nations to improve migrant rescues

An Eritrean Catholic priest in Switzerland says nations need to rescue more people trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean.

Local politics Rapperswil, a democratic dinosaur?


With its 27,000 inhabitants, Rapperswil is Switzerland’s largest community where citizens still decide on political issues at town hall meetings.

Vote September 24, 2017 Can ‘Old Age Security 2020’ guarantee pensions?

The government and parliament are calling for a sweeping reform of the old age social security system to ensure that pensions can still be paid for.

High-price island Swiss border towns to combat ‘shopping tourism’


As Swiss border towns want to form an alliance to put an end to the practice of "shopping tourism", we paid a visit to Kreuzlingen to find out more.