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The week ahead Coming soon: Swiss elections, better hotels, and a new film


Here are the stories we are following the week of October 5, 2015.

(André Locher)

Slow democracy

In Switzerland, citizens have frequent opportunities to participate in national, regional and local politics. But the disadvantages of such a system have become apparent to a small municipality in Bern, which has been stuck in the process of purchasing a single truck for over a year due to differences of opinion.


A new chair for the IPCC

On Tuesday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to select a new chairman at a meeting in Dubrovnik. Swiss candidate Thomas Stocker thinks his chances of winning are "intact".


Reinventing Swiss hospitality

We’ll be looking at how Swiss hotels are trying to offer clients more bang for their franc. There is definitely room for improvement according to hospitality experts. Can funky concept hotels, local produce, attentive service and tasteful renovations ensure that guests are not disappointed?


Election preview

Later this week we'll share the latest insights on the parliamentary elections coming up on October 18, including voter intention surveys, issue updates and how many women candidates are running this year. In our last election barometer, the Swiss People's Party found itself with 28% of the vote. Will the conservative right still come out ahead?


Xavier Koller's new film

Oscar-winning Swiss director Xavier Koller's latest work is a film adaptation of the Swiss children's book, "A Bell for Ursli". On Saturday we'll have a slideshow with some glimpses of colourful characters from the upcoming film.

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