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The week ahead Cycling rights, comparing universities and a social media politician

Here are some of the stories we'll be following the week of August 13:



Every third child in Switzerland is born by Caesarian section – one of the highest rates in Europe. delves into the reasons why and discovers a virtual “religious war” between advocates of natural births and those who opt for C-sections.



Should the right to bicycle paths be included in the Swiss constitution? It may seem a trivial point to some, but the issue has forced a nationwide vote, which will take place next month. This aims to extend the existing right to hiking infrastructure to cyclists.



Switzerland unveils a new CHF200 note, but how far will that get you in the notoriously high price country? has tested how far the new note will stretch.



Looking to study abroad and want to know about tuition fees? You might find the answers to your questions in the first of our series on comparing university education in Switzerland, US and the UK.



Continuing with our look at vote topics for September 23, we focus on two initiatives with a common theme of food. The Fair Food initiative demands that food imports meet the same environmental and social responsibility standards that Swiss farmers are obliged to observe. The Sovereign Food initiative demands measures to better ensure food supply in Switzerland.




We take a look at how millennials engage with Swiss politics with a portrait of Dimitri Rougy, a young man who got his own initiative off the ground using social media and a smart phone. Is Rougy the future face of direct democracy?

In case you missed it:

Drinking water Zurich’s mysterious underground reservoirs

Zurich Water Provision is this year extinguishing 150 candles. As part of this anniversary, various events are taking place throughout the year.


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